Kipchoge leads attempt to run sub 2-hour marathon

MONZA ITALY- MAY 06 Eliud Kipchoge reacts at the end of the Nike Breaking2 Sub Two Marathon Attempt at Autodromo di Monza

Tadese is the world record-holder in the half marathon with a time of 58:23, but he's never been anywhere close to two hours for a full marathon - his best is 2:10:41.

It was the fastest a human has ever run 26.2 miles, and it smashed the current fastest marathon time of 2:02:57 - but it failed to meet Nike's hope of breaking the two-hour barrier.

"I strongly believe he is the man to break Kimetto's record if he is to put into preparations similar efforts he put in while preparing for Monza race", said Letting, adding that Kipchoge can only break the world record next year since he will need one month to relax after his sub 2 hours attempt.

Two other distinguished runners were invited to participated in the race, dubbed Breaking 2; Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia both fell out of contention early on and finished several minutes behind. "I do believe that if you had all of the best runners in the world in the same race in ideal conditions, you could see a sub two-hour marathon and what we've been implementing here might get people working together to achieve that goal".

Even if the Nike-backed runners are successful their time will not be regarded as a formal world record by track and field's governing body, the IAAF, as it will not take place in officially sanctioned race conditions.

Chris Derrick, who grew up in Naperville and ran track at Neuqua Valley High School and Stanford University, was to serve as one of the pacers who bit off 5 kilometer chunks to help the marathoners try to accomplish the mythical feat.

Three of the world's best - like Olympic medalists and world record holders good - runners will attempt to run a sub-2:00 marathon with the help of Nike on Saturday. At a test event in Monza, Kipchoge completed a half-marathon on the circuit in a time of 59min 17sec.

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"I've been part of many races over my career at Nike".

The BBC report that the sub-two hour marathon would require Kipchege to run 17 seconds for 100 metres 422 times consecutively.

Kipchoge did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon a year ago.

Kimetto set the world mark in Berlin in 2014. Nike debuted the Breaking2 project in December, along with the Vaporfly.

"I think pushing the boundaries of human performance is just fascinating for all of us, there's no question about that", he said.

"My mind was fully on the two hours but the last kilometre was behind the schedule". However, the corporation's curated race was disqualified from being considered for the world record because it didn't follow regulations on pacing and hydrating.

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