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Eliud Kipchoge finishes 1Hr,59 Mins,and 40 Sec. in 26.2 mi.marathon, the fastest time in history

A Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first runner in the history of marathon who finished under two hours, breaking the record by 20 seconds.
      Eliud Kipchoge the fastest marathoner to run  in less than two hours (REUTERS)

Unfortunately, it will not be recognised as the official marathon world's fastest record because it was not in open competition. Utilising a rotating group of pacemakers, Kipchoge wore the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly shoe who took a record of 1:59:40 to finish the 26.2 mile distance.

The Kenyan runner is also a holder of the official marathon World Record with 2:01:39 set at the Berlin Marathon last year. He also won eight World Marathon Major Awards, and took won the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

His coaches delivered him water and energy drink by bike over 4.4 laps of a 5.97-mile course in the city's Prater park, instead of having to pick drinks from a table as in normal competition marathons.

These aids are not allowed under the competition's rules of the IAAF, athletic's world governing body, BBC reported.

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