Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge has become the first marathon runner to break the two-hour barrier, recording a time of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in Vienna.
However the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, will not recognise the run as an official record because it is not in open competition and it uses in and out pacemakers.
According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), for a race to meet athletics’ competition rules, and therefore be eligible to become a World Record, certain criteria must be met.
The rules are :
- Be sanctioned by the IAAF or by the Athletics Federation of the host country.
- Pacemakers cannot rotate in and out of a race.
- There must be anti-doping controls.
- Refreshments must be taken from official stations and not brought to an athlete.
- There must be at least three competitors.
- An athlete cannot be paced by a vehicle with a motor.
- The course must be measured and certified by an official.
He had previously pushed the mark close in a similar attempt at the Monza Formula One racetrack near MIlan in 2017.
Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 on that occasion, but added extra pacemakers and allowed fans to line the streets for this attempt, as he made sporting history in Austria.
The 34 year old is the reigning Olympic champion who set an official world record of 2:01.39 at the Berlin marathon in September last year, missed out by 26 seconds when he previously attempted to break the two-hour barrier in Monza in May 2017, a race run without spectators.