A Kenyan athlete attempting to run the first ever marathon in under two hours, failed by just 26 seconds. Eliud Kipchoge, 32, ran the event in a mind blowing two hours and twenty-five seconds.
His effort fails to be recognised as a world record because he used in-out pacemakers during his run.
The reigning Olympic champion, made his attempt on a Formula One racetrack in Monza in Italy on Saturday.
The current record is held by Dennis Kimetto Koech, another Kenyan athlete. Dennis ran the distance in 2:02.57 during the Berlin marathon in 2014.
But despite his disappointment Kipchoge remarked “This is history”.
The top ten fastest male marathoners all come from either Kenya or Ethiopia.
The fastest marathon run by a woman is held by Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe, who set her record of 2:15.25 back in 2003. However in recent times, it is once again the African nations that dominate this event. Mary Keitany of Kenya ran 2:17.01 at the London marathon in 2017, which so far is the closest challenge to Radcliffe’s record.
For Eliud Kipchoge, it may not be an official record but his time is remarkable and a wonderful achievement.
Source : BBC
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