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Nike marathon runners will attempt to break the "unbreakable" two-hour barrier

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Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge was only 26 seconds from making history on Saturday, but the Olympic champion finished just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours.

Organizers first listed his time as a second faster, then changed it to 25 seconds off the 2-hour mark.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese and Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa will make the attempt by running around the Monza motor-racing track in Italy which is home to the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Nike had three runners attempt the race, but Kipchoge was the only one with a real chance of breaking the 2-hour mark.

Kenyan runner smashes marathon record by 2 1/2 minutes, but his time will not count as an official IAFF world record. "We know that these runners are perfectly equipped and wanting to run something that has never been run before".

Amid deep scepticism, Nike pitched the attempt as sport's "moon shot", with a keen eye on sales of its running shoes. That leaves roughly four minutes to trim off the current world record to achieve maximum running efficiency in a marathon.

They are bidding to run 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometers) in less than two hours.

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The spectacle, more science experiment than road race, will involve a clock-carrying Tesla, a rotating cast of big-name pacers and all the engineering and marketing firepower Nike could muster.

"With the race I felt good, I'm a happy man to run a marathon in two hours". "People will run faster and faster, similar to when Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile".

Pacemakers applauded and encouraged him as he approached the line and the clocking comfortably outstrips his recognised personal best of 2:03.05, set at the London Marathon in 2016.

The Colorado study estimated that to be successful, runners would need to wear shoes roughly 100 grams lighter than those worn by Kimetto during his 2014 world record. The duo still completed the 17½ laps of the 1½-mile Monza track with Tadese shaving almost four minutes off his personal best with a time of 2:06:51. They tested and integrated insights across the Nike Breaking2 project, gathered new data and observed first-hand the athletes daily training regimens and lifestyles, constantly looking for avenues where support could be provided.

Adidas is working on the sub-two-hour marathon as well.

"I think we may have to take the result with a pinch of salt, he told CNN before the race". However, the corporation's curated race was disqualified from being considered for the world record because it didn't follow regulations on pacing and hydrating.

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