- Eliud Kipchoge has handed personalized gifts to the 41 pacemakers that were tactically introduced as his supporting cast during the race
- They ran in a a ‘V’ formation to dictate the race's pace and also to protect him from the winds
- The pacemakers included five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat and Ethiopian teenager Selemon Barega
Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge has gifted each of the 41 pacemakers who joined him at The Prater Park during the historic INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
The remarkable event saw Kipchoge stage an epic run, clocking an impressive 1:59:40.02 to ink his name in history books as the first man to run a marathon in under two hours.
In achieving the milestone, the 34-year-old had pacemakers who were strategically introduced into the race to provide the supporting cast.
The pacemakers ran in groups of seven, with five of them ahead of Kipchoge in a ‘V’ formation, and two behind him to dictate the pace and also protect him from the wind.
They included former Olympic and world record holders and have been widely acclaimed for playing an integral part in Kipchoge achieving the feat.
And in an apparent show of class and sportsmanship, the star athlete has rewarded each of them with personalised trophies.
"Eliud Kipchoge presented each of his 41 pacemakers with a signed trophy to commemorate their efforts in the INEOS159 Challenge last night," INEOS 1:59 Challenge tweeted on Sunday evening, October 13.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Kenyan renowned marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has left the world in jubilation after becoming the first man to complete 42km race in less than 2 hours.
The composed and focused Kipchoge did not blink an eye throughout the race proving he was a man on a mission to make history, and history he made with a spectacular 01:59:40 record.
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