Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier

Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier

Tadese, meanwhile, completed the marathon more than six minutes after Kipchoge crossed the finish line.

The youngest competitor, 26-year-old Desisa, fell off the pace first and finished in 2:14:10, followed by the oldest, 35-year-old Tadese (2:06:51), the half-marathon world record holder.

Two-time Boston Marathon victor Lelisa Desisa, from Ethiopia, and Eritrean half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese were also part of the Breaking2 project, but finished well off the pace. Sixty-three years later to the day, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge came tantalizingly close to breaking the two-hour barrier in the marathon on Saturday. It will not be an official world record attempt, however, because of variables such as pacers entering mid-race and drinks being given to runners via mopeds.

Slicing roughly three minutes off the marathon world record requires a ideal alignment of human physiology, state-of-the-art equipment and flawless conditions. But the sportswear company Nike had spent two years and invested millions to ensure this would be the fastest marathon in history. Bret Schoolmeester, the head of Nike footwear for the global division, said he believes the shoe could improve running economy by 4% - crucial when every second counts over 26.2 miles. At a test event in Monza, Kipchoge completed a half-marathon on the circuit in a time of 59min 17sec.

Two months after Bannister, two more runners clocked a mile at under four minutes. My mind was fully on [the goal of] two hours but this journey has been good.

For decades as the marathon world record has inched downward, people in the sport have speculated about a two-hour marathon for the simple reason that it is a nice round number.

Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier
Nike has 3 elite runners trying to break 2-hour marathon barrier

Kipchoge, 32, the 2016 Olympic champion and the 2016 victor of the London Marathon, covered the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 26 seconds, ESPN and The Associated Press reported.

The Colorado study estimated that to be successful, runners would need to wear shoes roughly 100 grams lighter than those worn by Kimetto during his 2014 world record. They also sponsor Dennis Kimetto, who has run the official world record of 2:02:57, and Wilson Kipsang, whose PR is 2:03:13. The duo still completed the 17.5 laps of the 1.5-mile Monza track with Tadese shaving almost four minutes off his personal best with a time of 2:06:51.

"I am happy to have done this". Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese, both world class runners themselves, finished the marathon distance behind Kipchoge after falling back earlier in the race.

"I think pushing the boundaries of human performance is just fascinating for all of us, there's no question about that", he said.

Kipchoge's average mile pace was around four minutes and 36 seconds.

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