Olympic medalist Eliud Kipchoge was only 26 seconds short of being in the History books as the first athlete to run a full marathon in under two hours. Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 at the Nike Break 2 event held on Saturday morning at Monza Grand Prix track Italy. The gold winner did break his London personal best time of 2:03:05 but was happy he made history on the Saturday morning event.
Kipchoge was among the 3 athletes handpicked by Nike for the event who included Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia who faded out in the exercise leaving Kipchoge to chase the landmark time.
Kipchoge averaged 4 minutes 36 seconds per mile in the presence of alternating pace-setters. “My mind was fully in the two hours but the last kilometer was behind the schedule. This journey has been good – it has been seven months of dedication.” Said Kipchoge. The said seven months were the reason he missed the London and Berlin marathon circuit. You would say he did it for the handsome paycheck from Nike but he managed to be in the history books of the sub-two-hour marathon.
Nike was aiming at breaking records with the under two-hour fete, so when that failed they did have a better results cap. It was a moment of global inspiration for the globe and a great push of potential to the limit. The shoe company also has a shoe that designers claim will increase runner’s efficiency by 4%.
The event was a closed door-invite only type of occasion but many legends like American Olympians Joan Benoit Samuelson and Allyson Felix, Nike athletes Bernard Lagat, Sam Chelanga, Lopez Lomong and Chris Derrick were all present to witness history.
Kipchoge has inked his name on the wall of the greats especially for the fairly new concept of sub-two and it means he can still come back and smash out his own record soon. He is only 32 years old but in top shape. Congratulations.