In 2017, Kipjog ran 2 hours, 00 minutes and 25 seconds in the Breaking 2 challenge at Monza, Italy. Now the challenge of 159 means that he needs to be at least 26 seconds faster on this basis, and Kipjog needs to speed up another 0.36% on his limit speed.
Compared with the desolate scenes around the last challenge track, the challenge is scheduled to take place in the historic Pratt Park in downtown Vienna, Austria, with more people watching and a longer straight road distance. Competitors have accurate calculations of the temperature, time, humidity, wind and other details during the challenge period to provide a favorable condition for Kipjog to break the record.
In addition, the challenge also equipped Kipjog with a luxury team of up to 41 runners. Among them are American middle and long distance runner Lagart, European half-horse record holder Vanders, Norwegian three brothers Henrik Ingligson, Philip Ingligson and Jacob Ingligson.
In the first 10 kilometres, Kipjog spent 28 minutes and 22 seconds, performing very steadily, running out of the planned pace of 2 minutes and 50 seconds per kilometre. By 15 kilometers, Kip Jogg was 9 seconds faster than the previous Break 2 challenge and was expected to finish in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 44 seconds.
At 30 kilometers, Kipjog spent 1 hour, 25 minutes and 11 seconds. It is expected that the race will be finished in about 1 hour, 59 minutes and 50 seconds. In the end, Kipjog finished the race in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, successfully running the marathon into 2 hours, becoming the first person in history.
In the last challenge, because of many favorable conditions such as the leader, Kipjogs achievements have not been recognized by IAAF, and this challenge may also face this situation. But Kipjog didnt care. He said, Its about history. Its about leaving a legacy. Its about inspiring people. If I run for two hours, its going to mean a lot.
Kipjog, who is about to turn 35, has the same endurance and talent as many Kenyan marathoners. At the age of 19, he won the gold medal of 5,000 meters at the 2003 World Athletics Championships and became a brilliant star in the international track and field. Nairobi, Kenya, named a street after him to commemorate the great victory. And thats just the beginning of Kipjogs brilliant career.
In the 2004 World Track and Field Finals, Kipjog won the gold medal of 3000 meters and the silver medal of 3000 meters in the 2005 World Track and Field Finals. Golden League Rome 5000 meters champion, Qatar Grand Prix 3000 meters champion. In 2007 Osaka World Championship and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he won the silver medal of 5000 meters.
Kipjog won the mens marathon in Rio 2016 in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds. On September 16, 2018, Kipjog won the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 01 minutes and 39 seconds and set a New World Marathon record. (end)
Source: Zhao Ruiqi_NB12596, Responsible Editor of CNN