October 12th, 2019


Eat your heart out, Pheidippides!

Eliud Kipchoge has run a marathon distance in under two hours. It isn't an official world record because it doesn't meet the formal conditions*, but that isn't the important part. As with records of this type, the crucial thing is showing it can be done. Kipchoge is himself the world record holder, it will be interesting to see what this means for his own world record condition races in future.

To run 26 miles 385 yards in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40 seconds. Bloody hell.

I haven't yet found a clip of the finishing strait with English commentary, so here's the last minute or so courtesy of NRK.

*The world record must be set in open competition. Also, official races don't include, among other things, a car projecting a laser beam at the road so you know what pace you need.

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