Kenyan athlete, Eliud Kipchoge has raised the Kenyan flag so high once again as he became the first human to run a marathon under 2 hours.
Eliud Kipchoge, The Olympic champion, who holds the official world record at a time of 02:01:39 ,has come close on two occasions. He missed out the last time by only 20 seconds.
The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.
It will however not be recognized by the IAAF as it wasn’t in open competition and also because he used a host of pacemakers.
Speaking after the race, Kipchoge was in good spirit and used the opportunity to motivate his fellow athletes to replicate this achievement.
He compared his achievement to that of the first man to go to the moon, Sir Roger Bannister.
I’m feeling good. After Roger Bannister made history, it took me another 65 years. I’ve tried but I’ve done it,” said the Kenyan.
“This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world”, he added.
With a leading pace car beaming green lasers on to the road to indicate the required pace of 2:50 per kilometre, Kipchoge never went slower than 2:52
This kept him on track for the entire race as he was always ahead of time.
After the race, he hugged his wife and celebrated with his 42 pacemakers, made up of several great athletes, Olympians and world champions, who only came to support him in his quest to make history.