Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya was 26 seconds from making history Saturday but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than 2 hours.
Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) in an impressive 2 hours, 25 seconds, smashing Dennis Kimetto’s world mark of 2:02:57 by 2 1/2 minutes and raising hopes that one of world sport’s most famous barriers can be broken.
“We are human, I am happy that I’ve reduced by 2 1/2 minutes the world record.” The Kenyan added: “We are going up the tree … I have lifted a branch and I am going onto the next one. This is not the end of the attempt of runners on two hours.”
Kipchoge did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon last year.
Organizers first listed his time as a second faster, then changed it to 25 seconds off the 2-hour mark.
Kipchoge happily said “I rank this as the highest-ever performance in my life,the aim of ‘Breaking2’ was to pass the message that running less than two-hour marathon is possible. That message is really special to me.”
The attempt at Monza’s Formula One race course did not go down as an official world record, sanctioned by the IAAF, due.