Breaking Two Hours

On Saturday, October 12, Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge made history by running the world’s first marathon in under two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40.2 recorded at the Inspec Ethylene Oxide Specialities (INEOS) 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.

On Saturday, October 12, Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge made history by running the world’s first marathon in under two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40.2 recorded at the Inspec Ethylene Oxide Specialities (INEOS) 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria. Throughout the race, Kipchoge was supported by pacemakers and lasers, which kept him at his target speed. The pacemakers included many of the most decorated marathoners in the world running in front of him to minimize any wind drag and to help him maintain a blistering 4:34 average mile pace.

Kipchoge’s legendary achievement has major implications for the world. He effectively redefined the potential of human beings, not just in the athletic world, but in all fields. Breaking two hours was previously thought to be an unattainable accomplishment. Now, he is inspiring not only runners, but people in general to disregard any preconceived limitations of human endeavors and accomplish more than what was previously thought to be possible.

For Kenya, Kipchoge has become an athlete to rally around and support—a national icon amidst the nation’s difficult times. Kipchoge has helped restore a sense of pride to Kenya, as millions in his home country cheered him on during his race of a lifetime, lifting the spirits of a nation whose government has let the people down amid its dysfunction.

Without a doubt, Kipchoge’s record-breaking run is not only a spectacular feat but also has had major positive implications on the world and will have many more to come. Now, one must not only keep an eye out for Kipchoge, but for anyone who tops this major accomplishment—one that has redefined the limitations of human capability.

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