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...