Eliud Kipchoge raced into the history books after breaking the two-hour marathon barrier in the 1:59 Ineos Challenge.
The Kenyan has repeated the phrase ’no human is limited’ in the build up to his marathon record attempt.
And he proved his statement true in unbelievable fashion in Vienna on Sunday in one of the most remarkable feats in human history.
“I am feeling good. After Roger Bannister in 1954 it took another 63 years, I tried and I did not get it – 65 years, I am the first man – I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited,” he said.
“Absolutely remember the 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes ever in the world.
“I can say thank you to them, I appreciate them for accepting and together we made history on this one.
“We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world. My wife and three children, I am happy for them to come and witness history.
“The positively of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport.”
Kipchoge had previously attempted to break the two-hour marathon barrier n 2017 at the Monza race circuit, falling short by just 26 seconds.
But the 34-year-old refused to give up, stepping up his preparations for a second attempt.
All the necessary components were put in place to help Kipchoge as much as possible, with 41 pacemakers used to maintain a constant speed by a leading pace car.
The pacemakers rotated twice each lap and Kipchoge was handed his drinks and energy gel from a bike every 3.1 miles, as opposed to going over to a table like in normal marathon conditions.
Such aids are not allowed under IAAF rules, meaning the athletic’s world governing body does not recognise this attempt as an official world record.
But that didn’t seem to matter to Kipchoge or the thousands in attendance to witness the race.
Fans were constantly cheering him on and once it became clear that Kipchoge was going to break the barrier, he incredibly accelerated to the finish line over the last kilometre.
The pacemakers made way for Kipchoge to take his moment of glory and he raced over the line in 1.59:40 to immediately embrace his family.