Eliud Kipchoge is in the news. Why?
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has successfully completed the first ever marathon under two hours in the Austrian capital of Vienna, two years since he fell 25 seconds short.
The 34-year-old ran the 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds at Vienna’s Prater-Hauptallee (main avenue) — an achievement considered one of the ultimate milestones in athletic performance.
Kipchoge called it his “moon‑landing moment”. His win was a bit controversial, given his prototype Nike shoes rocket-boosted him to glory. He also had 41 elite pacemakers in arrow formation, to help him draft and protect him from the elements.
During the race, Kipchoge followed behind a car — a condition not allowed under IAAF sanctions — and was assisted by an army of 30 pacemakers. Hence, the milestone won’t count as a world record.