Kipchoge First to Run Sub 2 Hour Marathon

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Kipchoge First to Run Sub 2 Hour Marathon

Peter Vi$$er, staff writer

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NO HUMAN IS LIMITED; Eliud Kipchoge sprints to the finish after 26.2 miles of 4:34 per mile, exemplifying his motto that no human is limited.

On the twelfth of October, one man surrounded by seven pacers hit the streets of Vienna, Austria. After 26.2 miles of gritty running, years of preparation had finally reached their climax. Aptly named the Ineos 1:59 Challenge, Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run  a complete marathon in under two hours, clocking  a time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

Kipchoge, no stranger to the elite distance running scene, started his professional career at the the early age of 16 and has raced and beaten many distance running legends. Men like Hicham El Guerrouj, the Moroccan and current mile and 1500m  world record holder, and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele who holds world and Olympic records in both the 5,000m and 10,000m events have all fallen victim to the talent of Eliud Kipchoge. After much success on the world track and field stage, Kipchoge began his marathon career in 2013. In his first ever career marathon, Kipchoge won against a very competitive field by over 2 minutes, running a time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. The stage was set to raise the greatest marathoner of all time.

DETHRONING THE CHAMP; 18 year old Eliud Kipchoge out-sprints world champion Hicham El Guerrouj in the 5000m final at the 2003 World Championships in Paris.

INEOS 1:59 CHALLENGE; Ineos is a British chemicals company responsible for funding Kipchoge’s second sub 2 hour attempt.

“Personally, I do not believe in limits,” said Kipchoge after his monumental sub 2 hour marathon. Kipchoge first attempted to break the 2 hour barrier in 2017 for the Nike Breaking 2 Project. The event that took place on a Formula-1 race-car track in Monza, Italy proved that breaking 2 hours in the marathon was possible. While the event was unsuccessful, Eliud still ran a blistering time of 2 hours and 25 seconds.

“In one word ‘legendary,'” said senior and veteran harrier Dillon Foley. “It was something that really opens our minds to the limits of modern sports and the perception of a limit itself.”

Limits, it seems, are just perceptions in the eyes of many athletes. “I don’t even know what to say man, just insane,” added senior Jessie Loveland.

Preparation for the Ineos 1:59 Challenge began months in advance before the ultimate start date of October twelfth, “From the first kilometer to the last kilometer I knew I had it,” said Kipchoge after his history making run. Scientists estimated that it would not be possible to run a sub 2 hour marathon until around the year 2035, Kipchoge beat that estimation by an impressive 16 years. With the right genetics and right attitude, Kipchoge proved that humans are truly not limited.

While Kipchoge’s impressive run does not count as an official world record, due to the fact that he was the only competitor, the concept proved was truly greater than any name in the record books. He joins the ranks amongst legends; namely, Sir Roger Bannister (first man to break 4 minutes in the mile), Hicham El Guerrouj, and Kenenisa  Bekele. Kipchoge will surely always be remembered in the distance running community.


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