In one weekend, Eliud Kipchoge ran a sub-2 hour marathon, Brigid Kosgei broke the women’s marathon world record in Chicago, and Jan Frodeno set a new IRONMAN World Championship record in Kona, just one year after Patrick Lange did the same!!!
The Sub-2 Hour Marathon (1:59:40)
Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has been known as the fastest man alive, breaking records all over the world. Nike attempted a sub-2 hour marathon in 2017, with Kipchoge hitting 2:00:25. On Saturday October 12 in Vienna with INEOS sponsoring the event, the sub-2 was attempted again, with Kipchoge hitting 1:59:40.2, an absolutely stunning number. No athlete has ever ran the 26.2 mile distance in under 2 hours.
While there were special pacers that would run a short time with Eliud, and a vehicle leading the way, making this unofficial, it is still quite the accomplishment. And just one more record broken by the incredible Eliud Kipchoge.
Image: INEOS 1:59 Challenge
Jan Frodeno Breaks The IRONMAN Kona Record (7:51:38)
In 2018 Patrick Lange broke the IRONMAN World Championship record in Kona, Hawaii, with a time of 7:52:38. It was the first time a triathlete had completed Kona in under 8 hours. It only took a year before Lange’s record was broken, as Jan Frodeno won the race with a time of 7:51:13. Lange had fallen ill, and pulled out of the race on the bike course. The top 3 men were Frodeno, Tim O’Donnell (USA), and Sebastian Kienle (Germany).
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On the women’s side, UK’s Lucy Charles-Barclay “rolled the dice” and once again crushed the swim, got off the bike first, and was in the lead the entire race until about the half marathon mark of the run (13-plus miles). While she had a comfortable lead most of the race, there was a battle brewing behind her, with Anne Haug of Germany hitting the road for the run, and eventually catching and surpassing Lucy. She won the race, and it was a battle towards the end for second between Charles-Barclay and Australia’s Sarah Crowley.
In the end, it was Haug, Charles-Barclay and Crowley taking the top 3 spots, respectively. 2019 marked the third year in a row that Lucy came in second place at Kona.
Brigid Kosgei Breaks the Women’s Marathon World Record (2:14:04)
Sunday October 13, 2019 was the latest running of the famous Chicago Marathon, and Brigid Kosgei of Kenya crushed the women’s marathon world record with a stunning time of 2:14:04, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s previous record of 2:15:25, set in 2003.
Kosgei’s time was 4 minutes faster than her race in London earlier in 2019. And while Kipchoge’s sub-2 win was well planned out, and dependent on location, weather, and more, Kosgei was in a race where the weather didn’t matter, and she wasn’t aided by pacers. She is now the fastest woman in history.
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