A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle

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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge finished the Berlin Marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec on Sunday but advances in shoe technology, carbohydrate drinks and mindsets may close the gap further

When Eliud Kipchoge woke to a dazzling Monday morning in Berlin he was greeted with global headlines lauding him as a “long-distance Usain Bolt” and “the fastest man in the world”. No wonder, given that he had just “pulverised” – as Marca put it – the marathon world record by 78 seconds.

According to Die Welt, the Kenyan had also performed another feat of wizardry by contradicting the late Czech runner Emil Zatopek, in 1954 the first man to break the 29‑minute barrier in the 10,000m and a visionary who famously said that “fish float, birds fly, and humans run”. The paper insisted: “The 33-year-old did not run. He flew to a new world best.”

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Written by Sean Ingle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/17/sub-two-hour-marathon-not-fanciful-eliud-kipchoge under the title “A sub-two-hour marathon is not as fanciful as some might imagine | Sean Ingle”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.