Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, stretching the limits of human endeavor and passing a milestone few thought could be reached for decades if at all.
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday (October 12) when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.
The Olympic marathon champion and world record holder completed the Vienna run in one hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ELIUD KIPCHOGE SAYING: "I'm the happiest man to run under two hours in order to inspire many people, to tell people that no human is limited, you can do it.
I'm expecting more athletes all over the world to run under two hours after today." Kipchoge's remarkable effort will not be recognized by the sport's governing body because it was not an open competition and used in and out pacemakers.
Ethiopian Shura Kitata wins London Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge’s reign comes toshock end Eliud Kipchoge’s reign as the king of the London Marathon came to ashock end as Shura Kitata emerged from the rain and the gloom to become thenew champion. In a stunning upset Kipchoge, who had won all of his previousfour London Marathons and had not lost over the distance in seven years,dropped alarmingly off the pace around the 22-mile mark.
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