On Saturday October 12 2019 in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. He broke his own previous unofficial attempt two years ago. He also holds the official world record set in the Berlin Marathon in 2018, a time of 2:01:39.

He ran at an average pace of 2:50 min/KM or 4:34 min/mile. That’s an average speed of 21.18 KM/h or 13.16 miles/h. He also had a 10 second cushion when he finished the run. Just look at the last KM of the race, the way the pacers split apart to give him space for the home stretch. How he literally speeds up and sprints to the finish line, pointing and asking the crowd to cheer louder, smiling and just all in all having a great time. This man is a legend.

Even though this is not an official time as this was not an official race, and specifically the three reasons why it is not counted as an official time is:

  1. Eliud was the only runner ‘competing’ in the event.

  2. The pacemakers were coming in and out of the event for pacemaking duties.

  3. Nutrition was handed to Eluid from a bike instead of him picking it up from a feed station table as is allowed in official events.

But still back in his hometown back in Kenya, people celebrated and danced in the streets. What a superhuman effort!

Naufal Mir @abijango