Eliud Kipchoge Shatters INEOS 1:59 Challenge [VIDEO]

  • Eliud Kipchoge who became the first human being to run a 42 km marathon under two hours File
  • Kenya world record holder Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday successfully completed the INEOS 1:59 challenge.

    He became the first human to run a 42-kilometre race in under 2 hours: (1:59:40)

    Every few minutes, the pacemakers team changed to let another team pick up the pace with Kipchoge.

    Eliud Kipchoge (white) running in Vienna, Austria in the INEOS challenge
    Eliud Kipchoge (white) running in Vienna, Austria in the INEOS challenge

    In the race, 5 pacemakers ran in front of Kipchoge with two behind him.

    An electric car was used to control the pace of the race using a laser that guided the team on how to pace themselves. 

    Peter Vint the performance team manager for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, stated it was the best – and only – way to ensure Eliud ran at the same speed for the entire 42km.

    The race started on Saturday, October 12 at 9:15 am Kenyan Time, in Vienna, the capital city of Austria 

    It wasn't the first time Kipchoge tried to break the two-hour barrier, having come up short by 26 seconds when he clocked 2:00:25 during the Nike Breaking2 project, on the Monza Formula 1 racetrack near Milan, Italy on May 6, 2017.

    He had earlier compared running the sub two-hour marathon to going to the moon.

    “I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited. It’s not about money, it’s about showing a generation of people that there are no limits,” Kipchoge had earlier stated. 

    Eliud Kipchoge (white) running in Vienna, Austria in the INEOS challenge. He ran in between pace makers
    Eliud Kipchoge (in white) running in Vienna, Austria in the INEOS 1:59 challenge. He ran in between pacemakers