This morning, in the Italian city of Monza, the Nike Breaking2 race took place. Three athletes, multiple winner of the marathons Lelis Desis, Olympic champion Rio in the marathon Eliud Kipchog and holder of the world record in the half marathon distance Zersenai Tades, went to the start for the sole purpose - for the first time in human history to run a marathon faster than two hours. Until that day, the best result belonged to Kenyan Dennis Kimetto - he finished the Berlin marathon in September 2014 with a time of 2:02:57. Preparation for this day lasted two years and involved the best specialists from around the world: sports psychologists, nutritionists, biomechanics, engineers.
The race began on schedule - at 5:45 a.
m. Italian time (at 6:45 a.m. Moscow time). Day and time were selected based on weather conditions: light wind, relatively low temperature - about 12 degrees Celsius - and the probability of precipitation close to zero.
At the 50th minute, the athlete Lelisa Desisa was behind other athletes and pacers. After about another ten minutes, Zersenai Tadesé lost the chance to run a marathon in less than two hours.
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge ran the entire distance at approximately the same pace: he ran 5 kilometers in 14 minutes 14 seconds; 10 km - in 28 minutes 21 seconds; half marathon - in 59 minutes 57 seconds; 30 km - in 1 hour 25 minutes 20 seconds; 35 km - in 1 hour 39 minutes 37 seconds. As a result, Eliud ran the marathon (42.2 km) in 2:00:25, so he set a new world record in the marathon.
You could watch the live broadcast of Nike Breaking2 on our website.