Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours. What an incredible feat! Kipchoge runs 26.2 miles in 01:59:40!
And the countdown begins… 5 KM to go. Kipchoge on course for a 1:59:50 marathon, with a three kilometres to go.
It will not be recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.
The Olympic champion – who holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39, set in Berlin, Germany in 2018 – missed out by 25 seconds in a previous attempt at the Italian Grand Prix circuit at Monza in 2017.
The four-time London Marathon winner embraced his wife Grace, grabbed a Kenyan flag and was mobbed by his pacemakers, including many of the world’s best middle and long-distance runners.
Kipchoge, who compared the feat to being the first man on the moon in build-up to the event, said he had made history just as Britain’s Sir Roger Bannister did in running the first sub four-minute mile in 1954.