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Published: Sun, May 07, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Kipchoge falls 26 seconds short of 1st sub 2-hour marathon


Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese holds the half-marathon world record of 58:23, but had the biggest chunk of time to cut with a personal best of 2:10:41. Kipchoge, along with two other athletes, chased the landmark time running 2.4km laps on the Monza Grand Prix circuit near Milan early on Saturday. Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the.

Eliud Kipchoge completed Nike's Breaking2 run in Monza this morning in 2:00:25.

It was by far the fastest marathon.

A fleet of pacers, including some of Nike's most elite athletes, guided Kipchoge around the track, as did a pace vehicle. It was certified by the IAAF as a 26.2-mile race, but due to the nature that they were using pacers (rotating in and out every 2.4 kilometers) and the hydration zones that they set up, the race is not eligible to be ratified for a world record. "When you step on the branches. immediately you go to the next one".

The BBC report that the sub-two hour marathon would require Kipchege to run 17 seconds for 100 metres 422 times consecutively.

The 32-year-old's time smashed the official mark of 2:02.57 set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014. Scientists had proven the runners were capable, and the athletes had demonstrated tenacity in their training to try to set a new bar in the world of human performance.

He came up 24 seconds short, but showed that it is possible to break the two-hour mark at some point. "That message is really special to me".

It was fitting that the two-hour marathon attempt was made on the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister's four-minute mile.

The one thing Nike couldn't measure before the race was the runners' grit. I've seen the magic of gold shoes and swift suits.

"I think we need to accept it as it is".

"Today, millions of people around the world watched as running history was written". "At Breaking2, Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles faster than any human ever ..." In an interview with Runner's World published this week, Mr. Parker wouldn't quantify how much the company spent on the marathon race, saying it was expensive but "it's not like we're reckless sailors".

Nike said the track surface had ideal temperature (54C or 129F average), wind (2.6mph) and altitude (600ft above sea level).

Desisa was dropped after 50 minutes, with Tadese falling back shortly afterwards.

Kipchoge did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon a year ago. Desisa struggled and finished in 2:14.

But over the remaining third of the race, which began at 0545 local time (0345 GMT) in slightly humid conditions, Kipchoge steadily began to fall behind pace. The shoe allows runners to maintain pace while burning about 4 percent less energy.

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