Eliud Kipchoge made history in Vienna by running the first-ever sub-two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec on Saturday. Assisted by 41 in-and-out pacemakers, seven at a time, and lasers to help him along.
The Kenyan has been chasing this dream for years. And while finally breaking the barrier many thought impossible is a phenomenal feat, it will not be ratified as an official world record due to assisted conditions and that it was not part of an open event.
For context, here’s a list of fastest ever official marathon times. It’s no surprise that Kipchoge tops that list.
Marathon world records: Official fastest times recorded
|02:01:39||Eliud Kipchoge||Berlin (GER)||16-Sep-18|
|02:02:57||Dennis Kimetto||Berlin (GER)||28-Sep-14|
|02:03:23||Wilson Kipsang||Berlin (GER)||29-Sep-13|
|02:03:38||Patrick Makau Musyoki||Berlin (GER)||25-Sep-11|
|02:03:59||Haile Gebrselassie||Berlin (GER)||28-Sep-08|
|02:04:26||Haile Gebrselassie||Berlin (GER)||30-Sep-07|
|02:04:55||Paul Tergat||Berlin (GER)||28-Sep-03|
|02:05:38||Khalid Khannouchi||London (GBR)||14-Apr-02|
Like Kipchoge’s previous attempt to break the two-hour barrier , this event was brand-sponsored.