Fastest ever marathon time: How fast is Eliud Kipchoge's world record ahead of Tokyo Olympics?
Eliud Kipchoge is one of the greatest ever marathon runners but how will he cope with the heat in Tokyo? The women's race has already been brought forward due to the heat and the conditions make for an unpredictable outcome, even for the very best. You want it? We have it. Stream every Olympic event live on discovery+
Kipchoge honoured to 'make history' after sub-two-hour marathon
The current official world record stands at 2:01:39 with Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge clocking the time at the Berlin Marathon in 2018.
Kipchoge, who is hoping to become only the third man to successfully defend their Olympic marathon title, has run a marathon in less than two hours though.
In October 2019, Kipchoge became the first athlete to run a marathon under two hours in a time of 1:59:40 in Austria.
However, it was not recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers to help him.
Eliud Kipchoge became the first athlete to run a maraton in under two hours
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The official world record for the women's marathon is held by Kenya's Brigid Kosgei who ran 2:14:04 in the 2019 Chicago Marathon.
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