A man is 36 seconds away from the dream record of “sub-2” (running a full marathon in under two hours).
Kelvin Kipchoge (23-KENYA) ran the 42.195-kilometer full course in 2:00:35 at the 2023 Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Aug. 8 (local time).
His time of 2:00:35 is a new world record, 34 seconds better than the previous mark of 2:01:09 set by Eliud Kipchoge (38, Kenya) at the Berlin Marathon last September.
He is 36 seconds away from breaking the two-hour barrier.
Kipchoge emerged as a world-class marathoner when he ran 2:01:53 at the Valencia Marathon on Dec. 4, 2022, and four months later, on April 23, he ran a “second-best time ever” of 2:01:25 at the London Marathon.
Less than five months later, Kipchoge shaved 50 seconds off his time and is now the all-time men’s marathon leader.
The world’s athletics community, which had ranked Kipchoge as the No. 1 candidate to achieve the world marathon’s elusive “sub-2,” has turned its attention to the 1999-born Kipchoge.
After running the full marathon only three times, Kipchoge became the first human to run 42.195 kilometers in under two hours and one minute.
“I thought I had a chance to break the course record (the previous record was 2:03:45), but I got a world record that I didn’t expect,” Kipchum told World Athletics and the Associated Press after the race. I’m really happy,” he said, adding, “I believed that one day I would be a world record holder. But I didn’t expect that day to come so soon,” he said.
“At the end of the race, I looked at my watch and said to myself, ‘Let’s give it a go’. I probably could have run under two hours, but that’s it for today.”
Benson Kipruto (32-KEN), who won the Chicago Marathon last year, was second in 2:04:02.
Kipruto broke away at the 30-kilometer mark. Removing the hat he wore at the start, Kipruto passed the 40-kilometer mark in 1:54:23 and then picked up the pace to cross the finish line in a stunning 2:00:35.
The women’s race was also a surprise.
‘Rookie of the Year’ Sifan Hassan (30-Netherlands) won in 2:13:44, a new race record (previously 2:14:04) and the second fastest time ever for a women’s marathon.
Ruth Chepngeti (29-KEN), who won the Chicago Marathon in 2021 and 2022, finished second behind Hassan in 2:15:37.
Hassan, who has already won multiple Olympic and world titles over the middle and long distances of the track, won the London Marathon on April 23 this year in 2:18:33 in her first attempt at the full course, and then shaved 4:49 off her personal best in her second attempt at the full course. 굿모닝토토
Only one other female marathoner has a better record than Hasan, Tigist Assefa (26-Ethiopia), who set a world record of 2:11:53 at the 2023 Berlin Marathon on September 24.
Hassan won the women’s 1,500 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.
It was the first time in history that the same athlete had won the 1,500 meters and 10,000 meters at a World Championships.
At Tokyo 2020 in 2021, she won gold in the women’s 5,000 and 10,000 meters and bronze in the 1,500 meters, becoming the first athlete in Olympic history to win medals in both the middle and long distances at a single Games.
Hasan returned to the track at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest in August, where he finished second in the 5,000 meters and third in the 1,500 meters.
Hassan was born in Adama, Ethiopia, but left home in 2008 to “survive” and settled in Eindhoven, Netherlands, as a refugee.
He took up athletics because it was the only sport that didn’t cost money, and he’s been blazing a trail on the track and road, showing off his immense talent.
“Wow, I won my second full course challenge with a fantastic time,” he said after the race, “I couldn’t be happier.”