Eliud Kipchoge runs sub-2 hour marathon

Discussion in 'general sports' started by Lord Camomile, Oct 12, 2019 at 9:15 AM.

  1. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    I'm no great fan of the marathon as a race, but as a feat of human achievement this is right up there. No-one's ever done it before, some thought it couldn't be done. Phenomenal.

    Eliud Kipchoge breaks two-hour marathon mark by 20 seconds

    It won't go down as an official WR because of various athletics rules, such as it wasn't in open competition and he had pacemakers subbing in and out, but he already has the official record anyway :D
     
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  2. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Unofficial time: 1:59:40 :eek:
     
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  3. ffsear

    ffsear Well-Known Member

    Amazing, just watched. And hes still running around after the finish line!!
     
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  4. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    This was the video that alerted me to the attempt, and gives a good idea to how fast Kipchoge had to run to achieve this. He wasn't jogging!

     
  5. Saffy

    Saffy Under the duvet..

    I just watched him finish too. :eek:
    Such an amazing feat.
     
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  6. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Genuinely got a bit emotional at the end. There's something about people running as hard as they can at the point of exhaustion that really gets to me, and with his team running behind him cheering him on... :oops:
     
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  7. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    Astonishing.

    it’s the equivalent of running a 17 second 100m, 422 times in a row.

    Or for those of you that do the 5K park runs, it’s finishing in just over 14mins, 8 times back to back.

    Bonkers :eek: :cool:
     
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  8. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    That's your name carved in history!
     
  9. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    What a record!
     
  10. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    This for sure.
     
  11. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Call that a trophy??

    ;)
     
  12. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

  13. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    That’s nuts. They make it look so easy, the man wasn’t even sweating.
     
  14. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    Right?? I really appreciated that video because, as you say, they make it look easy, and you really can't quite appreciate the pace when everyone is doing it. But seeing it on the treadmill it's just... well, yeah, nuts :D
     
  15. Numbers

    Numbers an ting!

    Watching it I thought they could run faster :facepalm:
     
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  16. beesonthewhatnow

    beesonthewhatnow going deaf for a living

    13mph for 26 miles is more than some people could manage on a bike, never mind running :D
     
  17. UnderAnOpenSky

    UnderAnOpenSky baseline neural therapy

    Mind blowing. When I think I'm going quite quick I might just be running at half his speed. And I certainly couldn't keep it up for the that distance.
     
  18. JimW

    JimW 支那暗杀团

    Mind we'd beat him in our electric three wheelie no problem, so long as I remembered to charge it up the night before.
     
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  19. S☼I

    S☼I there must be something wrong, boys

    Wh
    What a photo
     
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  20. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    What an amazing achievement!

    Up there with the first sub 4 minute mile.
     
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  21. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank If it's alive, don't lick it.

    21kph. Your standard gym treadmill won't even go that fast.
     
  22. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Amazing! Also the fact some really top distance runners helped him as pace makers.

    I'm going to try and catch some of the coverage later as I was actually at Parkrun when I heard he'd achieved it. I was a lot slower paced :D
     
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  23. S☼I

    S☼I there must be something wrong, boys

    To put that in some of perspective, the fastest I ever got home from work (admittedly through a busy town but really going fast whenever I could) was eleven and a half minutes for three and a half miles. At that speed it would take me an hour and twenty five minutes to cycle a marathon. Man just ran it in one hour fifty nine minutes forty seconds. Fuck me.
     
  24. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Impressive stuff, and he was still bouncy after the finish, it is a milestone I think.
     
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  25. Glitter

    Glitter Goddess of rock!

    I’m doing a half tomorrow and I won’t be anywhere near his time for a full :eek:

    Absolute legend!!
     
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  26. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse A-wob a-bob bob

    And a message to the keepers of records who say that this is not an official achievement: :p:p:p
     
  27. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    But that's the thing, innit? They have dominion over records that happen in their events, but doesn't negate the fact he ran 26.2 miles in 1:59:40, which is the fastest known by any human over that distance.
     
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  28. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    By the looks of the progression of his normal marathon times since 2015 - those without drop in drop out pacemakers - I wouldn't be surprised if he goes under 2 hours in an official marathon in the next few years.
     
  29. Hollis

    Hollis Bloody furious

    I think that progression since 2016 is mainly down to advances in Nike shoe design.
     
  30. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Is the four minute mile a big deal other than in the UK? The majority of the world doesn't recognise miles, plus it's not an Olympic distance.

    I'm always puzzled by Jim Hines' breaking of the 10s barrier for 100m isn't more celebrated.
     
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