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Yesterday, Eliud Kipchoge was celebrated around the world for running a marathon in under two hours, completing the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds.

While remarkable, Kipchoge’s accomplishment will not be recognized as an official marathon world record as it was not in open competition and he used a team of pacemakers. As per his ongoing partnership with Nike, Kipchoge was dressed in a future edition of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoe, which features a unique cushioning chamber in the forefoot, as well as ZoomX foam.

Watch the history-making event in eight photos below.

Eliud Kipchoge and his pacemakers get ready at the starting line of the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna. A total of 41 world-class runners acted as pacemakers that were choreographed into rotating teams.

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Eliud Kipchoge wears a future edition of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoe, while his pacemakers wear the Nike ZoomX VaporFly NEXT% in pink.

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Kipchoge’s run was guided by green laser beams shone onto the road to ensure he didn’t fall behind or ahead of the correct pace.

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Kipchoge embraces his wife at the finish line.

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Crowds gather in the Kenyan city of Erdolet, near Kipchoge’s training camp, to watch the marathon attempt.

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The pacemakers fall back as Kipchoge crosses the finish line alone, completing the duration of the marathon in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds.

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A billboard in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, celebrating Kipchoge’s feat.

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Kipchoge poses with the Kenyan flag after completing the marathon.

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