Nike's Breaking2 Falls Short Of Its Goal, But Still Delivers A Record

In post-run interviews with British distance runner Paula Radcliffe (who holds the womens marathon world record with her time of 2:15:25, set at the London Marathon 13 years ago) and track and field legend Carl Lewis, who won nine Olympic gold medals in the sport, Kipchoge was already pondering how to whittle away at the seconds that stand between him and the historic milestone.

Kipchoge also broke his personal best time of 2:03:05, set at the London Marathon a year ago.

Kipchoge's attempt at running a sub-two hour marathon-alongside Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese-was considered a "moonshot" by athletic gear maker Nike (nke).

Going under two hours meant they would have to run each mile in an average of four minutes and 34 seconds - seven seconds a mile quicker than Kimetto managed in Berlin. But there was simply nothing left as he finished 26 seconds down. The attempt wouldn't have been an official world record, even though the course is IAAF certified. The whole thing was broadcast live on Twitter and Facebook, and never has watching a pack of blokes run non-stop for two hours been so damn riveting.

It may be a while before we see a sub-two hour time in an official race, but Breaking 2 has certainly given hope to a younger generation of athletes to continue to push the boundaries in their quest to achieve the inhumane. Nike also had an electric vehicle that projected a green line which showed ideal pace. A Formula One race track in Monza, Italy was chosen for the competition based on its wide curves and low-wind environment. Nike's rival Adidas is preparing runners to break the two-hour mark in natural race settings.

"His performance in Monza is incredible but he would like to rest", said Kirwa adding that Kipchoge will be the man to break the world record perhaps next year. Kipchoge turned that notion on its head, and the two-hour marathon will be run much sooner than anyone could have ever imagined. "That message is really special to me".

Kipchoge needed an average of 2:50 per kilometre - an improvement of around 2.5 per cent on Kimetto's record.

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Despite narrowly missing the mark, Kipchoge said he believed it was possible and that he could make another attempt.

Nike CEO Mark Parker said millions of people around the world had watched as running history was being written.

Desisa was dropped after 50 minutes with Tadese falling back shortly afterwards, but the duo still completed the marathon, with Tadese shaving almost 4 minutes off his personal best to finish in 2:06:51. His finish of 2:06:51 was nearly 4 minutes faster than his previous best (2:10:41).

Desisa finished in 2:14:10, leaving just Kipchoge chasing the landmark time. "It's not one and done, it just may take a different form next time".

He passed the halfway mark in 59:54, but his average pace of 4:36 per mile was not quite enough, despite a final sprint to the tape.

This story has been corrected to show that Kipchoge's time was 2 hours, 25 seconds, after a change by organizers.

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