Kipchoge’s “Moon‑landing Moment”

Eliud Kipchoge is the first person to run the marathon in less than two hours, clocking in  1:59.40.2. His feat came with the meticulous preparation seen in space missions. He was wearing a souped-up version of Nike Vaporfly trainers, which contain a special curved plate that allows runners to roll through instead of bending toes and losing energy. Without doubt it has been a game-changer, given it has been worn by those running the five quickest official marathons, all of which have taken place in the past 13 months.  Kipchoge was surrounded at all times by a team of 41 pacemakers to minimise wind resistance. Laser beams shone on the road shows the pace Kipchoge needed to maintain and the pacemakers their positions.


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