Runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2-hour marathon record Saturday, an achievement once thought to be beyond a human’s reach.
The Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocked in at 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna.
“That was the best moment of my life,” he told reporters saying that he trained for four-and-a-half months for the race. “The pressure was very big on my shoulders. I got a phone call from the President of Kenya. I am the happiest man today.” Kipchoge’s record won’t count as an official world record because it was not run under open marathon conditions, officials said.
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019