Kenyan running man smashes marathon record

Eliud Kipchoge clocks 1:59:40 in Vienna

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THERE was a time when when completing a marathon in under two hours was seen as a mission impossible.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge today (October 12) achieved a milestone once believed to be unattainable. However, his time, 1:59:40, will not be recognised as a world record.

Kipchoge, an eight-time major marathon winner and three-time Olympic medalist, pounded his chest twice as he crossed the finish line in Vienna’s Prater Park

He celebrated with his arms outstretched and waved to the crowds as he sprinted over the line before he was greeted by a his wife Grace. 

The historic run will not be officially recognised as a world record because it was not run under open marathon conditions and because it featured a dense rotation of professional pacesetters.

“Together, when we run, we can make this world a beautiful world,” Kipchoge said after finishing.

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