Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs fastest marathon ever at 2 hours, 24 seconds

Quite what Sir Roger Bannister would have made of the elaborate and expensive preparations for the Kenyan's tilt at breaking the two-hour mark for the marathon, the Everest of athletics, is another matter.

Kirwa shared similar sentiments adding that Kipchoge can only now prepare for the World Championships marathon and not an attempt at the World record this year.

Sports giant Nike in 2014 launched its "Breaking2" project, and Saturday's result culminated hours and hours of research, design and planning - all devoted to maximizing human potential over the marathon.

"With the race I felt good, I'm a happy man to run a marathon in two hours".

But it's hard to underestimate the enormity of the task.

Any time an athlete breaks a world record, a premier marketing opportunity is born.

As mentioned, many still think the 2-hour marathon is impossible.

But three minutes still doesn't seem like a lot of time to cut.

. It doesn't compare to events like the London and Boston marathons where runners compete against thousands of others, jockeying for position and having to endure tough hills.

But even with that blisteringly fast time in the books, the two-hour marathon attempt was vulnerable to a number of factors-environmental, psychological, gastrointestinal. Now it was all down to the next two hours. The temperature was around 10 degrees, just about ideal for marathon running.

Eliud Kipchoge completed Nike's Breaking2 run in Monza this morning in 2:00:25.

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Kipchoge, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese ran on the 1.49 mile asphalt loop at Autodromo Nazionale Monza outside Milan. The duo still completed the 17 laps of the course. People have to slow down to go round the sharp turns, so having these wide sweeping turns allows you to optimize your energy for running very, very fast. However, Kipchoge's time will not be officially recorded due to pacesetting rules.

Will it count as a record?

Variables like pacers entering midrace and drinks given to runners via moped were reasons why the record won't be recognized as official, ESPN reported.

"It will probably be the next generation of athletes who will hone in on that magic two-hour barrier".

"I want to see it done under the circumstances marathoners usually run in without any ergogenic aids", he said.

Bedford served as race director of the London Marathon for two decades until stepping down in 2011.

Dennis Kimetto of Kenya holds the world record at 2:02:57. Marathon running is more popular than ever because it tests everyone's limits on their own terms. In a statement, Chief Executive Mark Parker, who attended the marathon, said "this achievement represents more than a race". Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but. "They've certainly got the right person to do this experiment with".

It was by far the fastest marathon.

"We are human", Kipchoge said.

Runners take up formation with Kipochge at the back in red.

The three runners were supported by a team of 30 pacemakers, specially designed shoes and clothes, plus a team providing additional nutrition when needed.

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