Kenya's Kipchoge first to run marathon under two hours

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) runs during his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) runs during his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.

HERBERT NEUBAUER / APA / AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge has made history.

He's become the first man to break the 2-hour barrier in completing a marathon.

Kipchoge ran the 42 kilometres this morning in Vienna with the help of 41 pacers pushing him to finish in 1-hour-59 minutes and 40.2 seconds.

The 34-year-old Olympic champion set the world record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds last September.

Smashing the previous record by a whopping 78 seconds.

Today's time is not official, but finally achieving it will give all athletes hope of beating the last great barrier in long-distance running.

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eNCA