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Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Runner to Break Two-Hour Marathon Barrier

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Eliud Kipchoge is the fastest human in marathon history. The distance runner from Kenya became the first person to break the two-hour marathon barrier, completing the 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40.2 seconds on Saturday morning in Vienna, Austria.

The record took place at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, which is a race specifically designed for Kipchoge’s speed and pace. Due to the layout and design of the track, the race will not be counted towards an official world record, but that does not take away from the awe-inspiring feat and Kipchoge’s celebration.

“This shows no-one is limited,” Kipchoge told the BBC. “Now I’ve done it, I am expecting more people to do it after me.”

Kipchoge had some help accomplishing this feat, guided by laser beams on the road and assisted by 41 other world class athletes split up into choreographed teams of pacemakers, he was able to best the old record by 20 seconds, finishing just under the two-hour mark. The Olympic champion compared the feat to landing on the moon.

“Today we went to the moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world,” Kipchoge told Reuters.

This feat is now being heralded as the biggest achievement in athletics since Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954.

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