One hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds! In the process of challenging the limit of human endurance, Kenyas Kipjog once again left a strong mark!
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.
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).
Kipjog, who is about 35 years old, is the fastest man on todays marathon track. A year ago, on September 16, in the Berlin Marathon, kipchaug ran 2 hours, 01 minutes and 39 seconds, breaking the marathon world record, and raising the record by 1 minute and 18 seconds at a time.
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, Kipchoggs agent. Now, instead of forcing himself like that, he has a natural feeling that if 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.
By 29 kilometers, his pace had increased to 2 minutes 48 seconds to complete 1 kilometer.
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.
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%.
Converted to a marathon, with Kipjogs recognized best score of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds, he wants to break through the 2-hour mark, so the record will increase by as much as 1.4%, which is equivalent to the difficulty of running 100 meters to about 9.45 seconds.
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. As he said, Human beings can run to 1 hour 59 minutes or 1 hour 58 minutes. (Reporter Ma Zuoyu Intern Hu Jie)