Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Two-Hour Marathon Barrier
In Vienna, the Kenyan achieved a milestone once believed to be unattainable. But his time, 1:59:40, will not be recognized as a world record.
Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, on Saturday broke through a temporal barrier that many had deemed untouchable a few years ago.
In Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, on Saturday broke through a temporal barrier that many had deemed untouchable a few years ago.CreditCreditLeonhard Foeger/Reuters
By Andrew Keh
Oct. 12, 2019
VIENNA — On a misty Saturday morning in Vienna, on a course specially chosen for speed, in an athletic spectacle of historic proportions, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran 26.2 miles in a once-inconceivable time of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds.
In becoming the first person to cover the marathon distance in less than two hours, Kipchoge, 34, achieved a sports milestone granted almost mythical status in the running world, breaking through a temporal barrier that many would have deemed untouchable only a few years ago.
Kipchoge, an eight-time major marathon winner and three-time Olympic medalist, pounded his chest twice as he crossed the finish line in Vienna’s leafy Prater Park, where the majority of the run had unfolded on a long straightaway of recently paved road, with roundabouts on either end