On October 12, Beijing Time, in Platte Park, Vienna, Kipjog, with two titles of Olympic champion and world record holder, completed a breakthrough in the limits of human history in the cry of nearly 20,000 spectators and staff.
Although Kipjogs final achievement in the Challenge 159 wont be officially recognized by the IAAF, he has proved that the limit can be broken, as he said, I dont know where the limit is, but I will always run towards it.
Kipjog helped all mankind fulfill their long-cherished wish.
Make history, like the first man to land on the moon
As he stood at the starting point of the track specially planned for him at Platte Park in Vienna, Kipjog became the hope of the whole world to challenge the marathon limit of two hours.
Two years ago, in Monza, Italy, Kipjog had actually carried such expectations once. Unlike then, Kipjog is now a little older, with only 23 days left for his 35th birthday.
But Kipjog seemed more relaxed.
To make history, like the first man to go to the moon. At the pre-race press conference, he described his state of mind and mood like this: When I ran 2 hours and 03 minutes, people said it was my limit. Later, I ran to 2 hours, 01 minutes and 39 minutes. Others said that this was my limit. This time I challenge 159 in order to create history, but also to change peoples understanding (prejudice).
I dont know where the limit is, but Ill keep running toward it, Kipjog said.
Kipjog, who is about 35 years old, is the fastest man on todays marathon track. On September 16, a year ago, in the Berlin Marathon, Kipjog ran 2 hours, 01 minutes and 39 seconds, setting the world record for the marathon, and raising it by 1 minute and 18 seconds in one run.
Thats when Kipjogs team decided to challenge the limits of human endurance again.
Two years ago, Kipjog spent seven months training, and then kept hinting that he could do it. This is the greatest feeling of Valentijn Trouw, Kipjogs agent. Now, instead of forcing himself like that, he naturally has an inner feeling that as long as I train properly, I can break through two hours.
In the first half of this Challenge 159, Kipjog is in ideal condition. The breakthrough time of the challenge design is 1 hour, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. From the position of 5 kilometers, Kipjog is always ahead of the time of the set time of 9 seconds to 10 seconds. In the half-way position, Kipjogs time setting is 11 seconds faster than expected.
At the last 10 kilometers, Kipjog kept his initial pace. By the last mile of the sprint, all the pace-makers had run behind Kipjog and watched him run faster and faster.
Kipjog started celebrating ahead of schedule at the last 100 meters, pointing to the distant timer while running, and finally showing a smile on his face...
Kipjog and his leaders.
Science and Technology, Achieving Human Breakthrough
If Unshaping this Challenge 159, the outside world will know that to break through the endurance limit, every detail is crucial.
The first reason for choosing this runway in Pratt Park is that according to Runners World, Challenge 159 team used software to search all over the world. They searched the temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind speed, altitude and precipitation at this time of year, and finally got the most ideal location.
In addition, the time set for October 12 is based on data analysis - according to the results of Kipjogs previous race, his best condition is generally less than 80% humidity, and the temperature is maintained at about 7 to 14 degrees Celsius. Challenging the day is exactly the case.
Not only that, but this time Kipjogs team of Breakers was even stronger - 15 Kenyans, 7 Americans and 6 Ugandans out of 41 runners. Among them are American long-distance runner Cherymo, Ethiopian new runner Barga, Switzerlands European half-horse record holder Vandez, American 1500-meter Olympic champion Sentrovitz, and Japanese long-distance runner Takashi Murakami.
They were divided into six groups, with five people in front of Kipjog and two on the left and right sides behind him. The reason for this configuration is that according to the results of the research laboratory, this is the best speed controller windproof formation, which will form a windproof barrier, which is conducive to the challenger to create good results.
In front of them, there is a speed car that runs a kilometer in 2:50 seconds. The laser beam on the car will mark the green line on the floor so that the whole challenge team and Kipjog can adjust the speed.
In addition, Kipjog has three bicycles beside him to form a support team to provide him with energy drinks as planned. Every time Kipjog drinks his drink, the cyclist team picks up the bottle and calculates the energy intake so that they can adjust the supply next time.
Finally, Kipjogs equipment, the latest version of ZoomX VaporflyNext, not only weighs 15 grams lighter than before, but also has thicker soles and better cushioning performance.
It is in this armed to the teeth detail control that Kipjog can be so close to the limit, but because of this challenge configuration, the IAAF can not finally recognize the achievements of this challenge.
How difficult is it for human beings to break 2?
In fact, people have been discussing the possibility of breaking 2 in the marathon for many years, but its too difficult.
An interesting analogy is that Bolt holds a world record of 9.58 seconds in the 100m world record, for example. If someone can raise the score by 0.01 seconds, the 100-meter record will increase by 0.1%.
In terms of marathon, if kipchaug wants to break the two-hour mark with his best score of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds, the record will be improved by 1.4%, which is equivalent to the difficulty of running 100 meters in 9.45 seconds.
It can be imagined that on the road of human pursuit of the limit, such a breakthrough difficulty is to some extent fantastic.
According to the results of the Journal of Applied Physiology, the maximum oxygen uptake of a healthy man is 35-40 mL/kg/min, and that of a healthy woman is 27-31 mL/kg/min, while that of a good male runner is about 85 mL/kg/min. With such data and energy consumption in exercise, it is difficult for human beings to run 42.195 km in two hours.
Thats why some scientists have calculated that breaking through the 2-hour marathon limit will take place in 2075, depending on the extent of progress in human physiological conditions.
But Kipjog has always believed that human beings can make breakthroughs without waiting for another 50 years. He has also used the most professional training methods in the past six months to prove this point.
Since the end of the London Marathon in April, Kipjog has entered the Challenge 159 training cycle. After the race, he ran for four consecutive days with ease and then rested for three weeks without running at all.
Then, under the guidance of his coach, he maintained high-intensity stretching three to four times a week, and then chose a non-running day every week to train muscle strength and flexibility in the gym for two and a half hours...
After so many years of challenges, Kipjog has finally achieved what he said: Human beings can run to 1 hour 59 minutes or 1 hour 58 minutes.