We have proof: humans are capable of running a marathon distance in less than two hours. That is the simplest conclusion to draw from Eliud Kipchoge’s incredible feat in Vienna in the early hours of Saturday morning, when the Kenyan became the first man to break a barrier that for so long had been deemed impossible.
And irrespective of anything else, it truly was astonishing. It was certainly captivating. It was, perhaps, superhuman. His finishing time of one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds will be remembered forever and he deserves every accolade that will be bestowed upon him.
Yet for all the undoubted brilliance of the greatest marathon runner in history’s accomplishment, this was also a feat of technology. For many, it was not sport but a science experiment conducted by people with self-serving interests, despite the stated tag line of wanting to prove “No Human Is Limited”...
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