Kenyan Athlete completes Vienna marathon in under two hours

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Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge has become the first runner in history to complete a marathon in less than two hours.

Kipchoge completed the 26-mile course in Vienna in a time of one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, just 20 seconds less than his world record for the London Marathon (2:01:39)

This also marks his second attempt at the INEOS Challenge which he ran in Monza two year previous. He missed the target by 25 seconds on the first attempt.

Supported by a guide car carrying a pace-laser and a series of world class runners as his pace-making team, Kipchoge managed to keep a pace of 2 minutes 50 seconds per kilometre of distance.

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Vienna Marathon does not constitute a world record given it was conducted under strict parameters and did not include other competitive runners.

Speaking to the BBC after the run, he said, ‘I can say I’m tired. It was a hard run. Remember, the pacemakers are among the best athletes in the world… I can say thank you to them, I appreciate them for accepting and together we made history on this one… We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world. My wife and three children, I am happy for them to come and witness history… After 65 years, I am the first man! I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.’