On Saturday morning, Eliud Kipchoge did something previously thought impossible.
Crossing the finish line at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria at 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds, the Kenyan runner became the first person to ever run 26.2 miles in less than two hours. That's an average of 4 minutes and 34 seconds per mile.
"Today we went to the Moon and came back to Earth!" Kipchoge posted to Twitter. "I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity. Asante."
For reference, according to Running USA, the average marathon finishing time in 2016 was 4:22:07 for men and 4:47:40 for women — so, 9:59 per mile and 10:58 per mile respectively. Read more...More about Running, Marathon, Record, Eliud Kipchoge, and Entertainment