Kenyan man runs fastest marathon, misses 2-hour mark by 24 seconds

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Nobody has ever run a full distance marathon in a faster time than two hours and two minutes, but Nike is not about to let that stand in the way of attempting to shatter what is perceived to be an unbreakable record.

Eliud Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon on Saturday, crossing the line at the Monza Formula One track in two hours and 25 seconds - but his time won't enter the records books.

Two-time Boston Marathon victor Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese were also part of the Breaking2 project, but they finished well off the pace.

MILAN (AP) - On the 63rd anniversary of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile, three elite athletes will attempt to run through another barrier - the two-hour marathon. However, Kipchoge's time does not count as a record because of the pacing strategy that allowed other runners to join the course other than at the start.

According to Runner's World, which chronicled the process, scientists at Nike's research lab analyzed all kinds of metrics, such as oxygen usage, skin temperature and how much carbohydrate the runners stored in their legs.

Pitsiladis said they want innovations in science to help other athletes, including recreational runners.

All three athletes wore custom versions of Nike's Zoom Vaporfly Elite, an ultra-light but still impressively cushioned racing shoe designed specifically for the Breaking2 attempt. The Kenyan is joined by Lelisa Desisa, two-time victor of the Boston marathon, and Zersanay Tadese, the current half-marathon world record holder.

Two University of OR researchers told news wire Reuters they think humans can run 26.2 miles in less than two hours.

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The race involved just three competitors and was sponsored by sportswear group Nike in an athletics cum marketing project, Breaking2, which caught the imagination of sports fans and runners worldwide.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya came very close to running a marathon in under two hours on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Kenyan did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon last year.

It still topped Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02.57, set by the Kenyan in 2014 at the Berlin Marathon. The duo still completed the 17 laps of the course.

The goal: running a marathon in two hours or less.

"I think we need to accept it as it is". Today, it is not uncommon for high schoolers to break four minutes in the mile and it is not even an automatic qualifier for the NCAA championships. However, the corporation's curated race was disqualified from being considered for the world record because it didn't follow regulations on pacing and hydrating.

Former 10,000-meter world record holder Dave Bedford is not buying the new time as the world record.