By Chege W. Chege (email@example.com)
- Kenyan makes marathon history with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.
- The marathoner had 41 pacemakers, and laser lights run with him.
Eliud Kipchoge has made yet another history by running a human's first-ever sub-two-hour marathon. The race, dubbed #INEOS159Challenge was sponsored by INEOS chemicals and staged in Vienna, Austria, with millions of fans watching across the globe.
The Kenyan athlete who is a world record holder and Olympic champion was up for the challenge as he told the press days before the Saturday, October 12, 2019 challenge.
Video: INEOS 1:59 Challenge
Eliud Kipchoge beat his own record with the help of a team of 41 pacemakers whose positions were marked by lasers from a transport vehicle ahead of them. The pacemakers run in groups of seven at a time. The assistance and the fact that the race was not an open event, however, will not make the record count as an official world one.
Remained on Target
Kipchoge is hailed as he remained on target throughout the race. This saw him run every kilometer consistently and in about 2’50”.
Speaking to the press, the former Kenya Police officer had this to say:
"I am feeling good. It has taken 65 years for a human to make history in sport. After Roger Bannister [running a sub-four-minute mile in 1954], it took another 65 years. I’m happy to be the man to run under two hours. No human is limited, and I’m expecting more people to do it after today.
“The 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes in the whole world. To all of them, I want to say thank you. Thank you for doing the job. We made history together.”
And these were the words of Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the INEOS Chemicals CEO:
“That last kilometer, where he accelerated, and he came through on his own, it was super-human, really. I can't believe he ran the first half-marathon in under an hour, and then he had to do that again."
Here in Kenya, we say, "Hakuna Matata.” Kipchoge has made the country proud and proven that long-standing Kenyan slogan.
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