Eliud Kipchoge has run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds, however this feat will not be recognized as an official record.
Participating at the in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria today, the Kenyan runner covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds. The remarkable 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. Kipchoge's second-closest sub-two hour marathon attempt was an effort in partnership with Nike called Breaking2, which landed him at 25 seconds over the two-hour mark during his previous attempt in 2017. However, Kipchoge does hold the world record marathon time, a milestone that he set at the 2017 Berlin Marathon in an official time of 2:01:39.
In Vienna, 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. The upper looks to be made of Flyprint 3D, which has been used on previous marathon shoes like the Zoom Vaporfly Elite. While the shoes are pictured above, no further details have been made available. Kipchoge’s input has been leveraged by Nike to contribute to Nike Running product franchises like the React and Pegasus series, as well as the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite runner for Breaking2.
“I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited. It’s not about money, it’s about showing a generation of people that there are no limits,” Kipchoge told reporters. For more, read our interview with Kipchoge from earlier this year, when he discussed the importance of running a sub-two hour marathon.
Stay posted for more details as they arrive.