Kenya’s Kipchoge Makes History As He Shatters Marathon Record

Kenya's Kipchoge Makes History As He Shatters Marathon Record

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Eliud Kipchoge became the first runner to finish a marathon in under two hours amid jubilant scenes in Vienna on Saturday morning.

The 34-year-old Kenyan completed the course in Vienna, in an incredible one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

He celebrated with his arms outstretched and waved to the crowds as he sprinted over the line before he was greeted by a loving embrace from his wife Grace.

Afterwards, the reigning Olympic champion told the BBC: “I am feeling good. After Roger Bannister in 1954 it took another 63 years, I tried and I did not get it. After 65 years, I am the first man! I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.”

The sport’s governing body, the IAAF, will however not recognise the run as an official record because it is not in open competition and it uses in and out pacemakers.


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with a special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a through and through Chelsea FC fan.




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