In Good Conscience

Kipchoge's marathon no match for Bannister's mile mark

Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei were born to run marathons. Their childhood was spent at 2,500m altitude in Kenya's Great Rift Valley. Now, with science and commerce at their feet, they are lopping chunks off the men's and women's world records.

Last Saturday, Kipchoge became the first human to run the 42.195km distance in under two hours, although the timing doesn't enter the record books because this was not a race against other athletes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 19, 2019, with the headline 'Kipchoge's marathon no match for Bannister's mile mark'. Print Edition | Subscribe