Kipchoge falls short in attempt to run sub 2-hour marathon

ABS-CBN Sports on May 06, 2017 02:17 PM
Kipchoge falls short in attempt to run sub 2-hour marathon
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of a marathon race at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the end the Olympic champion was just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) in 2 hours and 25 seconds, beating Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57, but the Kenyan failed to run the first sub-two hour marathon. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press


MONZA, Italy (AP) — Eliud Kipchoge was 25 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the end the Olympic champion was just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours.

Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles in 2 hours and 24 seconds, beating Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57, but the Kenyan failed to run the first sub-two hour marathon.

The attempt at Monza's Formula One racecourse did not go down as an official world record, sanctioned by the IAAF, due to variables like pacers entering mid-race and drinks being given to runners via mopeds.

Two-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese were also part of the Breaking2 project but finished well of the pace.

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