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‘No human is limited’: Kipchoge
runs sub-2 hour marathon

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Posted By: Hazymac, 10/13/2019 2:21:16 PM

VIENNA — Roger Bannister, 1954. Eliud Kipchoge, 2019? Like the sub-four minute mile, running a marathon in less than two hours had seemed impossible — until Saturday. But this time there’s an asterisk: Olympic champion Kipchoge performed his feat under conditions so tightly controlled to maximize his success that it won’t appear in the record books. The 34-year-old Kenyan completed the 42.195 kilometers (26.2 miles) in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40.2 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event set up for the attempt. Ahead of the event, Kipchoge even compared the feat to being “like the first man on the moon.” Afterward, he drew comparisons to Bannister,

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Wow! Someday a runner, perhaps Kipchoge himself, will break two hours in a proper marathon. With the "rabbits" keeping the pace at below two hours, this was more like a stunt. Nevertheless, I am impressed. What a cardiovascular system Kipchoge must have!

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Reply 1 - Posted by: worried 10/13/2019 2:42:09 PM (No. 206357)
Remember Jim Fix, the running guru?He should have had a super cardiovascular system, but he died of a heart attack at age 52. So, when your time comes....
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac 10/13/2019 3:06:32 PM (No. 206368)
Jim Fixx, author of two good books on running, did die while on a daily 10-mile run. Some hard-hearted people snickered. But Fixx's own father died very young with heart disease. It's possible that exercise regimen kept him from dying at a younger age. Tomorrow is promised to no one.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: KTWO 10/13/2019 3:37:38 PM (No. 206381)
Good for his effort. He seems to realize that it did not make him a God and it was not a normal competition. If the weather had been a degree or two warmer or colder.he might have been slower. Or in different winds. etc. Who knows; he might even have run a few seconds faster. Golf would be a different game if every course was identical, every fairway straight, every green flat.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: VELOX 10/15/2019 8:12:38 AM (No. 207778)
People will discredit this effort because of controlled conditions, but it is important and valid as a proof of the possible. The 4 minute mile was thought impossible for many years. Once someone did it others came. The 4 minute mile is still a feat, but knowing it’s possible runners are not afraid to take a sub 4 pace. Now in major marathons the great runners will not have a mental block to run the sub 2 hour pace.
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