Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, celebrates after a successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
CAIRO – 12 October 2019: Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge made history on Saturday when he completed the marathon competition in Vienna in less than two hours to be the first man on earth to make such an achievement.
“Today we went to the moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world,” Kipchoge said.
Kipchoge, born in 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Kenya, completed 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds at Vienna's Prater-Hauptallee.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta praised Kipchoge, saying “You've done it, you've made history and made Kenya proud while at it. Your win today, will inspire tens of future generations to dream big and to aspire for greatness. We celebrate you and wish you God's blessings."
However, the Kenyan will not be recognized as a world record holder as his massive achievement was not in open competition and used rotating pacemakers.