Eliud Kipchoge’s record marathon in numbers

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Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2h barrier at the marathon
Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2h barrier at the marathon. (Leonhard Foeger / Reuters)

Realizing 1h59’40” in Vienna this Saturday, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge is the first man to break the barrier of 2 hours in the marathon, signing a performance out of the ordinary.

Obviously, the 1h59’40” Eliud Kipchoge made this Saturday in the streets of Vienna (Austria) will not be approved (especially because of an army of hares) and the official world record of the marathon will remain, for the time being, 2h1’39”, by this same Kipchoge in 2018 in Berlin. Nevertheless, the performance of the 34-year-old Kenyan is simply extraordinary with 42.195 km traveled at more than 21 km/h, despite all the logistical support he has received.


By running in 28’20” the first 10 kilometers of his record marathon, Eliud Kipchoge achieved a performance that would earn him (if he was French) the seventh position in the French record of history on 10 km road. Only Julien Wanders (27’25”, record pending), Abdallah Behar (28’5”), Jimmy Gressier (28’12”), Driss El Himer (28’13”), Mohamed Ezzher (28’17”) and James Theuri (28’18”) did better on a single 10km, while the Kenyan then did three more in 28’27”, 28’24” and 28’25”.


On a steady pace of about 2’50” per kilometer on hir entire marathon (21.1 km/h), Eliud Kipchoge accelerated on the end, completing the last 2,195 km in 6’4” at 21.8 km/h.


With a time of 1h59’40” on his marathon, Eliud Kipchoge ran at an average of 2’50” per kilometer, a sequence of 105 laps (400m) in 1’8”, obviously without recovery.


With an average of two half marathons ran in 59’50”, Eliud Kipchoge has signed twice in a row and without a break, the equivalent of the second best French performance in history on the distance behind Franco-Swiss Julien Wanders (59’17”, the record of France is not yet ratified).

Another amazing record holder made again history this weekend, in the person of Simon Biles!

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