In Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to complete a marathon in less than 2 hours with a time of 1 Hour 59 Minutes and 40 Seconds. Kipchoge already holds the official world record for the marathon, so the fact that this marathon was not eligible for an official WR did not phase him. He stated: “Berlin was about running a world record…Vienna is about running and breaking history, like the first man on the moon.” Read more about Kipchoge and the race here.
Curious about the more technical and scientific techniques Kipchoge used to run at optimum conditions? New York Times writer Lindsay Crouse sums up the variety of unique elements in Kipchoge’s race, including yet-to-be-released Nikes, Olympian pacers organized in front of Kipchoge by sports scientists, and a pace car.