Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has set standards in marathon running after he won the Breaking 2, the Nike project in Milan Italy on Saturday morning.
The 2016 London marathon champion won the race in 2:00.25. a new time in the 42km mark making Eldoret town celebrate on top of their voices especially his coach Richard Metto.
“Am happy for what he has done. In everything that one does, we must thank the almighty God for his job. As a coach, am happy for him and wish him well in his career,” said Kimetto who joined other athletes in celebrating the win at the GSC camp.
He said kipchoge had all it takes to win the race and what he achieved was unbelievable and we wait for him.
The achievement on the Formula One track in Monza will not count as a world record, because the race utilized practices like alternating pacers that are not sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations.
“The world now is just 25 seconds away from under two hours,” Kipchoge said.
Three men attempting the two-hour-marathon, including Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa, and Zersensay Tadese.
At the end he sprinted the final stretch to break the tape, coming up 25 seconds shy of the goal. He said afterward that the effort was 100 percent of what he had to give.
The 32 year old Kipchoge, was favored in this attempt from the beginning with his 2:03.05 set in London in 2016.
Tadese holds the half marathon world record at 58:23 and Desisa is well known for his 2013 and 2015 wins in Boston marathon.
But the Nike shoe allows runners to maintain pace while burning about 4 percent less energy. Each athlete had a personal handwritten message digitally printed on his race shoes. For Kipchoge, it was “Beyond the Limits,” and, on the inner sock liner, the names of his wife and children. For Tadese, it was his wife’s name; for Desisa, it was his parents’ names, Desisa and Bidike.