Higher, faster, stronger, better … is there no end to what humans can do?

As the two-hour marathon barrier is breached and with records tumbling every year, we explore sport’s science, skill and sheer guts

There are a handful of numbers that are imbued with meaning. Roger Bannister’s 3:59.4. Usain Bolt’s 9.58. And now Eliud Kipchoge’s 1:59:40.

Kipchoge’s extraordinary sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on Saturday is one of the greatest sporting achievements – recording a time that has never been achieved before and pushing the limits of human ability, again. It is a time on the fringes of what scientists believe is humanly possible.

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