The 2 hour barrier has been an elusive barrier that nobody has ever reached in a marathon. The closest was Kipchoge himself in Berlin in 2018 when he ran an astonishing 02:01:39 (still the official world record), but no one has ever been able to do better.
Until today! Eliud Kipchoge did the impossible on Saturday 12th October 2019. In Vienna in almost perfect running conditions on a 90% flat and straight course, the marathon world record holder became the first man to ever run 26.2 miles in less than 2 hours, clocking in a jaw-dropping time of 01:59:40.2.
This astonishing run was not just Eliud. It was a team. In fact he had to run each km in a time of 2 minutes 50 and this was only possible with a team of wind-breaking pacemakers. World class athletes like Bernard Lagat and the Ingebrigtsen brothers did an amazing job of keeping Kipchoge at the right speed whilst taking on lots of the air resistance. Without these guys and the rest of the 41 pacemakers, it would have been even harder to get sub 2 hours.
Eliud's performance, no doubt, has been an inspiration to many. Current athletes and future athletes are looking to this performance as a staple to what the possibilities of athletics are. Kipchoge has shown that everything is possible with hard work and belief. There will be plenty more marathons run in under 2 hours from here on out and all because of what happened on October 12th in Vienna. So, we say, thank you, Eliud. Thanks for the inspiration, thanks for changing the sport of running, again and congratulations on your latest achievement!