World-renowned Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has rekindled memories of becoming the first human in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the city of Vienna, Austria running the 42.195KM distance in a remarkable time of 1:59:40:2.
Kipchoge’s incredible achievement emphatically proved his own mantra that No Human is Limited and places him alongside other sporting greats such as Sir Roger Bannister – who ran the first sub-four minute mile in 1954 – and Usain Bolt who’s 100M world record of 9.58 seconds has stood since 2009.
It’s two years since I broke the 2hr barrier and made history!
It feels like yesterday, I am still happy with the inspiration I instilled to people around the whole world and showed them that No Human Is Limited. pic.twitter.com/l6eaO19dqB
— Eliud Kipchoge – EGH🇰🇪 (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2021
The challenge sponsor, considered ‘among UK richest men’ Sir Jim Ratcliffe had expressed faith in Eliud completing the challenge, saying he was the only athlete capable of achieving this ‘impossible’ feat.
“Eliud Kipchoge is the greatest ever marathon runner and the only athlete in the world who has any chance of beating the two-hour time,” Ratcliffe said.
INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, which also sponsors the children’s running charities, saw the race broadcasted to millions of people around the world both on traditional and digital channels.
In August this year,Kipchoge underlined his credentials as the undisputed king of the marathon with a totally dominant run to retain his Olympic title.
The world record holder clocked 2hr 08min 38sec to win gold, becoming only the third man to win consecutive marathon titles.