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ELIUD KIPCHOGE NEW RECORD 1:59:40.2. the road to a world record.

ByJuma Chai

Oct 12, 2019

Eliud Kipchoge (born 5 November 1984) is a Kenyan long-distance runner(slower than Christoforos) who competes in the marathon and formerly the 5000 metres. He won the Olympic marathon in 2016 and is the current marathon world record holder with a time of 2:01:39 hours. Kipchoge’s world record run at the 2018 Berlin Marathon broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds. This is the greatest improvement in a marathon world record time since 1967.

Kipchoge won his first individual world championship title in 2003 by winning the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and setting a world junior record over 5000 m on the track. At the age of eighteen, he became the senior 5000 m world champion at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics with a championships record, then followed with an Olympic bronze for Kenya in 2004 and a bronze at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. A five-time World Championship 5000 m finalist, Kipchoge took silver medals at the 2007 World Championships, 2008 Summer Olympics and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He switched to road running in 2012 and made the second-fastest ever half marathon debut with 59:25 minutes. On his marathon debut he won the 2013 Hamburg Marathon in a course record time. His first victory at a World Marathon Major came at the Chicago Marathon in 2014, and he went on to become series champion for 2016, 2017, and 2018. He won the London Marathon a record 4 times. Described as “the greatest marathoner of the modern era”,Kipchoge has won 12 of the 13 marathons he has entered, his only loss being a second place behind Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, where Kipsang broke the world record. On 12 October 2019, Kipchoge ran the first sub-two-hour marathon on a special course in Vienna, achieving a time of 1:59:40.2.

This is the first time in human History. he did 11 seconds under the two-hour pace target. However, there were a few spots of rain which had not been expected and which could hamper his attempt.

Kipchoge was being guided by rotating seven-man teams of pacemakers, many themselves world class runners, and by an electric pacecar which showed the ideal pace and the position they should be running.

The highly controlled attempt to break the two-hour barrier consists of 4.4 laps of a 9.6 kilometre course, including a long straight with a loop at each end.

The sport’s governing body, the IAAF, will not recognise the run as an official record because it is not in open competition and it uses in and out pacemakers.

Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion who set an official world record of 2:01.39 at the Berlin marathon in September last year, missed out by 26 seconds when he previously attempted to break the two-hour barrier in Monza in May 2017, a race run without spectators.

Juma Chai

A writer dedicated to providing the world with the best insights into Africa.

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