Athletics: Eliud Kipchoge makes history as first runner to clock sub-two hour marathon

VIENNA (REUTERS) – Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge created history by running an unofficial sub-two hour marathon at Vienna's Prater Park on Saturday (Oct 12), the first runner to achieve this stunning feat.

The 34-year-old marathon world record holder completed the first 21 kilometres in 59.35 minutes, 11 seconds under the two-hour pace.

He crossed the finish line in an unofficial time of 1hr 59min 40sec and celebrated with the crowd.

Kipchoge was being guided by rotating seven-man teams of pacemakers, many themselves world class runners, and by an electric pacecar which showed the ideal pace the and the position the they should be running.

The sport's governing body, the IAAF, will not recognise the run as an official record because it is not in open competition and it uses in and out pacemakers.

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