>> Running to victory and the fastest ever marathon. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line Saturday at the breaking two event, which took place at the Monzo formula one track in Italy. He beat the previous fastest time completing the course in just two hours and 25 seconds.
Just missing out on a bold attempt to break the two hour barrier. The 32-year-old's result won't make it into the record books though. Because in out pacemakers were used. Meaning Dennis Commiter's mark of just over two hours and two minutes is still officially the quickest. In 2014, Runners World magazine predicted a sub two hour under normal race conditions would not happen until 2075 based on analysis of more than 10,000 top marathon performances.
The sub two hour mark required a pace below four minutes and 35 seconds per mile, which the determined Kipchoge managed to stick to until falling behind the pace car in the last two laps of the circuit. The event was sponsored by Nike partly to promote a new shoe.
Their arch rival Adidas are set to try to break the two-hour mark too, also while promoting shoes.