London Marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge falls 26 seconds short of breaking 2-hour barrier in marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge falls 26 seconds short of breaking 2-hour barrier in marathon

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran the fastest marathon ever Saturday while falling 26 seconds short of becoming the first person in history to cover the 26.2-mile distance in under two hours.

Kipchoge finished the Breaking2 event in an impressive 2 hours, 25 seconds, eclipsing Dennis Kimetto's world mark of 2:02:57 by 2½ minutes and raising hopes that one of sport's most famous barriers can be broken.

“We are human,” Kipchoge said. “I am happy that I've reduced by 2½ minutes the world record.”

The Kenyan added: “We are going up the tree, I have lifted a branch and I am going onto the next one. This is not the end of the attempt of runners on...

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