Sports fans who missed Eliud Kipchoge becoming the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours can now watch full highlights on Sport Channel Network.
The deal for SCN to bring fans highlights of the memorable marathon attempt by Kipchoge is further recognition for the channel which has set its stall out on providing round the clock sports coverage for free and give offers both mainstream and minority sports a free to air platform. Viewers can watch Kipchoge’s record breaking run either online or through their Freeview TV sets.
The Kenyan, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday. To put Kipchoge’s achievement in perspective, it was the equivalent of running at the pace of 17 seconds for 100m, or 21 km an hour, non-stop for just under two hours. A phenomenal effort which can be relived in full HD quality on Sports Channel Network.
Kipchoge, who compared his achievement to being the first man on the moon, said he had made history just as Britain’s Sir Roger Bannister did in running the first sub four-minute mile in 1954.
“This shows no-one is limited,” said Kipchoge. “After Roger Bannister made history, it took me another 65 years. I’ve tried but I’ve done it. This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world.”
Kipchoge was assisted by a team of 42 pacemakers, including Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz, Olympic 5,000m silver medallist Paul Chelimo and the Ingebrigtsen brothers Jakob, Filip and Henrik.
They dropped in and out, running in formation around Kipchoge, with former 1500m and 5,000m world champion Bernard Lagat anchoring the final leg.
“They are among the best athletes in the world – so thank you,” added Kipchoge. “I appreciate them for accepting this job. We did this one together.”