Athletics: Six Ugandans Set Pace As Kipchoge Writes History

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Six Ugandan athletes were among the 42 pacesetters as Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge defied odds to write history.

Kipchoge, on Saturday morning, clocked 1:59.40 to become the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours in the Ineos 1:59 challenge held in Austria’s capital, Vienna.

However, Kipchoge’s achievement will not be recognised as a world-record because it is not in open competition and it used in and and out pacemakers.

Abdallah Mande, Ronald Musagala, Jacob Kiplimo, Thomas Ayeko, Mande Bushendich, Timothy Torotoich and Mande Bushendich were the Ugandans who were used as rotating pacemakers.

Kipchoge is the marathon world-record holder and considered one of the greatest distance runners of all time.

Its should be noted that Kipchoge holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39, set in Berlin, Germany in 2018.

Kipchoge had missed out on breaking the two-hour mark by 26 seconds in Monza in May 2017 where he received drinks from a moving motorbike rather than having to collect them from a table.

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