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Eliud Kipchoge Is 1st Man in History to Run a Marathon in Less Than 2 Hours

October 14, 2019
(AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
On Saturday, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first person in history to run a marathon in less than two hours, reports ESPN. His finish time was one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. The marathoner ran in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up specifically for the attempt, in Vienna, Austria. Although he broke the world record, which he currently holds, the event won't be officially recorded as record-breaking, in part because Kipchoge ran with pacesetters who ran in a V-formation to block him from headwinds. Kipchoge also ran with Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% shoes, which are reported to make runners more efficient, "That was the best moment of my life... I am the happiest man today," Kipchoge said.