Led by and pushed by pacers, Eilud Kipchoge, who is the world’s best marathon runner and Olympic champion, ran the 26.2-mile course in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, becoming the first person to run the marathon under 2 hours.
Although Kipchoge of Kenya broke the 2-hour record in front of a screaming crowd of onlookers that lined the entire route, his time in the Ineo Challenge, the race’s corporate sponsor, will not count as a world record because he was the only finisher.
Ineo sponsored the race and paid Kipchoge a seven-figure prize to learn if the 2-hour mark in the marathon could be broken.
When it became apparent to Kipchoge that he would run the marathon under two hours, he sprinted ahead of the pacers who cheered and raised their arms in victory. The pacers mobbed him when crossed the finish line. He shook hands, hugged and kissed onlookers before standing for numerous television interviews.
Kipchoge ran a sub 2-hour marathon in Vienna Saturday morning. He ran with pacers who were dressed in black and wore fuchsia colored shoes. Kipchoge of Kenya wore a white top and white running shoes. Each pacer group ran a certain distance with Kipchoge before breaking off so another group of pacers could take their place.
Men rode bikes alongside the runners on the course. The bike riders handed bottles of liquid to Kipchoge. A man and his son ran next to the course. The boy cheered and the man photographed the runners. They sprinted alongside until they ran out of breath.
In 2018, Kipchoge set the world record for the marathon in Berlin with a time of 2:01:39. He has won the Olympic marathon twice. He is expected to win his third Olympic Marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics