Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge just became the first man in history to finish a marathon in under 2 hours

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, runs during his attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerKenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, runs during his attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard FoegerREUTERS / Leonhard Foeger

  • Eliud Kipchoge just ran a marathon in 1:59:40.
  • The Kenyan is the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours.
  • Kipchoge was supported by a rotating team of 41 pacesetters, meaning his time will not count as an official record under IAAF conditions.
  • He does hold the official record already, though, after running 2:01:39 in the 2018 Berlin Marathon.
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Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya just became the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 1:59:40 at the Ineos Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

"I'm running to make history," he said of the challenge on Friday.

"I'm running to show that there are no limits, no human is limited."

Kipchoge was supported by a rotating team of 41 pacesetters and a pace car that beamed lasers onto the road.

Eliud Kipchoge sub 2-hour marathon attemptEliud Kipchoge sub 2-hour marathon attemptBBC Sport

He was also handed drinks and energy gels from a bike every 3.1 miles.

These conditions mean Kipchoge's time will not stand as an official record as they are not allowed by the IAAF.

Kipchoge does hold the official record already, though, after running 2:01:39 in the 2018 Berlin Marathon.
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