Eliud Kipchoge’s historic marathon: List of fastest ever official times

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Eliud Kipchoge made history in Vienna by running the first-ever sub-two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec on Saturday. Assisted by 41 in-and-out pacemakers, seven at a time, and lasers to help him along.

The Kenyan has been chasing this dream for years. And while finally breaking the barrier many thought impossible is a phenomenal feat, it will not be ratified as an official world record due to assisted conditions and that it was not part of an open event.

For context, here’s a list of fastest ever official marathon times. It’s no surprise that Kipchoge tops that list.

Marathon world records: Official fastest times recorded

Time Athlete Where Date
02:01:39 Eliud Kipchoge Berlin (GER) 16-Sep-18
02:02:57 Dennis Kimetto Berlin (GER) 28-Sep-14
02:03:23 Wilson Kipsang Berlin (GER) 29-Sep-13
02:03:38 Patrick Makau Musyoki Berlin (GER) 25-Sep-11
02:03:59 Haile Gebrselassie Berlin (GER) 28-Sep-08
02:04:26 Haile Gebrselassie Berlin (GER) 30-Sep-07
02:04:55 Paul Tergat Berlin (GER) 28-Sep-03
02:05:38 Khalid Khannouchi London (GBR) 14-Apr-02

Marathon history

Like Kipchoge’s previous attempt to break the two-hour barrier , this event was brand-sponsored.

Kipchoge’s sub two-hour marathon split times

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