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Nike’s Eliud Kipchoge came very close to running a mythical sub-2 hour marathon – A N I T H
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Nike’s Eliud Kipchoge came very close to running a mythical sub-2 hour marathon

Nike’s Eliud Kipchoge came very close to running a mythical sub-2 hour marathon


Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya clocked a time of 2:00.24 in a marathon event in Monza, north of Milan, Italy, 06 May 2017.

Image: HANDOUT/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

Nike tried to make history via livestream on Saturday, and it almost did it. 

The athletic company continued its quest to be part of a world record: the first marathon finished in less than two hours. 

Athletes Lelisa Desisa, Eliud Kipchoge, and Zersenay Tadese tried to make the elusive 1:59:59 finish time early Saturday morning in Italy. Kipchoge, a 32-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner, came the closest at 2:00:25 — under the world record of 2:02:57. Kipchoge’s time won’t be the new world record, though, since this run used pacemakers and wasn’t eligible. 

The runners aimed for a 4:34-minute mile — for all 26.2 miles. 

Nike livestreamed the whole thing on Twitter and Facebook under the hashtag #Breaking2.

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