Fastest Marathon Runner in The World

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We as human beings naturally will try to be the best among the rest by setting records and achievements far better than anyone else could. However, one particular runner manages to set the most outstanding record no man can do in the world of marathon runners.

Eliud Kipchoge has created history by being the first man to ever end a marathon run in under 2 hours. He managed to get a record of 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds when he was at INEOS Challenger 159 in Vienna.

Eliud who was a 34-year-old runner was also a gold Olympic medalist in 2016 for the marathon event. Not just that but he also broke the record for the London Marathon 4 times which is far better than anyone we would have known. 

Hard Work and Determination
I run to prove to any human in this universe that there are no limitations
Eliud Kipchoge
After the record set by Roger Bannister in 1954, it took 64 years for Eliud Kipchoge to try and beat it but unfortunately he failed. He was mentioning the absurdity of setting a record of running 1 mile within 4 minutes which was created by Bannister.

It was after 65 years after that record he tried again and to this day he became the first man to ever beat it. It was such an inspiration for Eliud Kipchoge to show the world that we can set limits for ourselves and despite failing once he tries again until succeeding. 

Unofficial Record of IAAF


Despite the outstanding record set by Eliud Kipchoge, it was considered unofficial according to IAAD simply because the INEOS Challenge is not on the official calendar of the IAAF. Nevertheless, this record is still unimaginable since the timing was just too fast to be set by any human being.

He managed to run at a pace of 14 mins and 13 seconds for every 5 kilometers. He also completed every mile with an average record of 4 mins and 43 seconds. 

And for every 100 meters, Eliud runs at an average pace of 17 seconds with an average speed of 21km/h. Definitely mindblowing. 


Use of Vaporfly Shoes of Kipchoge Banned


After the insane record set by Kipchoge, IAAF, and the International Olympic Committee decided to ban the use of Nike Vaporfly for any run or marathon organized by them. The ban did not last long as Nike managed to prevent the ban of all Vaporfly for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. 

Regardless of that, the shoes used specifically by Eliud Kipchoge to break the marathon record were not allowed at all. The World Athletics has come out with guidelines on the type of shoes that are allowed to be used competitively during the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

The shoe used by Eliud Kipchoge is strictly forbidden.

Vaporfly Fulfill the New Requirement
It seems that the Nike Vaporfly series including the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% and Zoom Vaporfly 4%, has officially fulfilled the new Technical Rule that has been changed by the World Athletics(WA).
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Currently, WA prohibits the use of shoes with soles thicker than 40 millimeters and inserted with more than one carbon plate or anything related to the soles of the shoe.

This is after much criticism towards the fairness of what is allowed to be worn by athletes to compete especially considering the Vaporfly series shoe which has a very thick sole, foam sole and even carbon plates inserted for extra speed. 

According to the Guardian, In the year 2019, 31 out of 36 podium positions in 6 main events of the world marathons were won by elite athletes that were wearing Vaporfly shoes. 

Another rule made by the World Athletics is that the shoes used by the athletes must be in the general market for at least 4 months before being used in competitions. 

Looks like the rise of Vaporfly worn by the Kenyan Athlete, Eliud Kipchoge is still not allowed to be used in competitions as the build of the shoes itself is way too extreme giving a big advantage to the person wearing it.

In the end, Nike scientists and designers work together with athletes to expand the Zoom Vaporfly Elite specifically for the Nike Breaking 2 project. It released the first version of the series, Zoom 4% which showed thick ZoomX foam on the soles in the year 2017.

Nike even claims that the shoe can increase an athlete's speed by as much as 4%. I guess what shoes you wear is definitely a factor in winning the marathon. 

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