Eliud Kipchoge made history. That’s now a bygone thing, but it didn’t come as easy.
He had to keep up with a constant pace all through the race with alternating pacesetters jumping in at specific intervals.
His speed in every five kilometres shows how exactly he was determined to smash his own world record in order to meet the target which was pegged at 1:59 under a challenge dubbed INEOS 1:59- INEOS being the project’s sponsor.
Actually, he took about 14 minutes in every five-kilometre journey and surprising cruised even faster in the last splits. From the fifth split, the 34-year old father of three took 14:12 seconds in every five-kilometre interval, one second less than the fourth split and two seconds slower than the first two splits.
His rather slow moment came on the third split where he took 14:14.
First 5Km 14:10
Second 5km 14:10
Third 5km 14:14
Fourth 5km 14:13
Fifth 5km 14:12
Sixth 5km 14:12
Seventh 5km 14:12
Eighth 5km 14:13
Last 2km 6:4
Speaking after the 42km success mission, Kipchoge expressed his joy but insisted that athletes should try to beat that record. That no human is limited in whichever way.
“I feel so good. It has taken 65 years for a human being to make history in sports after Roger Bannister made it in 1954, it took another 63 before I tried it in 2017 though I did not make it. I tried again today (after 65 years) and I made it.
“Am the happiest man to run under two hours. It just shows that no human is limited. You can do anything you want and break any records out there. I would be very glad to see people coming out on a mission to break my record. From today,” the energetic and magical Kipchoge side in full glare of media and in front of his wife and kids who witnessed the historic moment in Vienna.
He has also taken to his official twitter handle to further express his happiness. “Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity. Asante,” the tweet read.