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.
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.
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