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The Two-hour Marathon
On May 6 2017 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in 2 hours and 25 seconds, more than two-and-a-half minutes faster than anyone else in history. Kipchoge was part of a specialised team trying to break the two-hour barrier for the 42,2km distance and, while he narrowly missed the target, his achievement is a major milestone in marathon running.

To understand his achievement we compared Kipchoge's time with those of the last 10 world marathon record holders.

Click the runner below to start the race. Each bar represents one of 10 previous world records. The length of the bar indicates how far each runner would have run in the time Kipchoge took to complete his marathon.
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How Do You Compare With Eliud Kipchoge?
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Data source: Wikipedia. This work is in no way connected with the Nike Breaking2 project. We just appreciate athletic achievement.

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