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Kipchoge breaks two-hour marathon mark

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TSN Senior Reporter


It may not have been official, and it may have used some unusual aids to get there, but regardless of how he did it, a man ran 42.2 kilometers in less than two hours.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon barrier on a run in Vienna, Austria Saturday morning, accomplishing something no one had thought possible just a few years ago.

Think about what he did for a moment – he ran at a pace of 2:50 per kilometer 42 times. Or, to put it in terms the average human might be able to understand, it would be running around the track at your local school 104 times, each lap taking no more than 68 seconds.

Most of us couldn’t run 200 meters at the pace Kipchoge maintained for one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.

“Today we went to the moon and came back to earth,” the 34-year-old wrote on Twitter. “I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world.”