Kipchoge Joins List of This 3 Greatest People With New Record

Eliud Kipchoge during the INEOS sub two hour 42km challenge

World marathon holder Eliud Kipchoge has written his name next to three men following the success of shattering the INEOS challenge in Vienna.

Kipchoge, with a record time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds, inscribed his name as the first man to run a 42km race under two hours and the fourth man to put a record that will stand for years to come.

The superhuman marathoner’s title is proudly next to the likes of Usain Bolt, Neil Armstrong and Roger Banister’s achievement.

It has taken 65 years for an athlete to set another record.

In 1954, Banister became the first and only human being to run a mile (1.61km) in four minutes.

The next person to set a milestone, was Neil Armstrong in 1969, when he walked on the moon.

In 2009, Bolt amazed the world when he ran the 100 metres race in 9.58 seconds and earned the title the fastest man alive.

Roger Bannister crossing the finish line during the 4-minute mile race
Usain Bolt after setting the fastest time during the 100 metres sprint
Neil Armstrong on the moon

Kipchoge, has now earned the title of ‘The Man With No Limits,’ after proving that such a task is achievable.

During his interview after the race, the always smiling marathoner stated that his success was attributed to perseverance throughout the course.

“This has been a lifetime project and it is complete” remarked Kipchoge.

He further lauded his colleagues who formed the 41 man team that set the pace throughout the race.

Despite a little hitch during the running where he was accidentally tripped by one of the pace setters who was interchanging with another, Kipchoge, maintained his tempo and focus in proving science wrong.

The greatest highlight of the entire challenge was when the final metres, the now termed GOAT (Greatest Of All Time), sprinted like he had just started the race.

The pacesetters who would have at that point stopped and watched him head for the finish line, kept running and cheering him as he made the biggest achievement for humanity and Kenya.

INEOS, who were the organisers of the race, reminded everyone to remember where they were when a man from Kenya made history.

“Remember where you were when Eliud Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles (42km) in 01:59:40.”

“You’ve just witnessed history.” read the tweet from the chemical manufacturing company.

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