Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge’s Sub-2hr Marathon Finish Not Considered A World Record

Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours, beating the mark by 20 seconds but won’t be recognized as a world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.

A pacemaker is a runner who leads a middle- or long distance running event for the first section to ensure a fast time and avoid excessive tactical racing

The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

“This shows no-one is limited,” said Kipchoge.

“Now I’ve done it, I am expecting more people to do it after me.”