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Kipchoge falls 26 seconds short

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 6:35 PM
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of a marathon race at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, yesterday.

MONZA, Italy (AP):

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was 26 seconds short of running the first marathon in under two hours yesterday.

Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres) around an oval track in an impressive two hours, 25 seconds, unofficially smashing Dennis Kimetto's world mark of 2:02:57 by 21/2 minutes and raising hopes that one of world sport's most famous barriers can be broken.

"We are human. We are going up the tree ... I have lifted a branch and I am going on to the next one," Kipchoge said.

The time will not be an official world record sanctioned by the IAAF due to variables like pacers entering mid-race and drinks being given to runners via mopeds.

Considered the best marathon runner in the world, Kipchoge broke his personal best of 2:03:05, set at the London Marathon last year. Kimetto set the world mark in Berlin in 2014.

Organisers first listed Kipchoge's time as a second faster, then changed it to 25 seconds off the two-hour mark.