Eluid Kipchoge of Kenya, 32, just ran himself into history as the fastest man to complete a marathon in an unofficial event.
Eluid, the reigning Olympic marathon champion, covered 26.2 miles in 2 hours 24 seconds early on Saturday in a managed environment of pacesetting and drafting on a Formula One racecourse in Monza, Italy, outside Milan.
This is in fact the shortest time ever recorded for any human to complete a full marathon. He Beat the previous record of 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. What’s more? He did it in new Nike shoes.
The event was a Nike marketing play and a laboratory experiment as a sports competition, titled Breaking2.
But Nike had acknowledged long before Saturday’s record attempt that the run would not be considered for a world record due to the fact that the run did not meet up to several requirements for validation by track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, known as the I.A.A.F.
Nevertheless, it was a marvelous day for the Kenyan Champion.
The other two runners participating in the attempt were Lelisa Desisa, 27, of Ethiopia, a two-time winner of the Boston Marathon with a personal best of 2:04:45; and Zersenay Tadese, 35, of Eritrea, the world-record holder in the half marathon (58:23), whose fastest marathon time entering Saturday was 2:10:41.