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Eliud Kipchoge misses out on sub two-hour marathon by 26 seconds

  • Kipchoge finished in 2:00:25, two and a half minutes faster than world record
  • Nike has spent two years and millions of dollars on the marathon attempt

The audacious yet controversial attempt to shatter the two-hour barrier for the marathon for the first time ended in glorious failure on Saturday as Eliud Kipchoge came within 26 seconds of achieving a feat many thought was impossible.

The 32-year-old Kipchoge, Olympic marathon champion, finished in an astonishing 2:00.25 – over two and a half minutes faster than the official world record set of 2:02:57 set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014. However it will not count as an official record because Kipchoge was helped by a phalanx of 30 elite pacers, who subbed in and out of the attempt at the Monza formula one track in Italy, which is against the official rules of the athletics governing body, The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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