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7 reasons why Eliud Kipchoge’s historic win won’t be recognised as world record

There is no doubt that Eliud Kipchoge has achieved a great feat by clocking 1: 59: 40. 2 in a 42 kilometre marathon in Vienna, Austria Saturday, October 12.

However, Kipchoge historic win won’t be recognized as an official world record for the following reasons

According to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), for a race to meet athletics’ competition rules, and therefore be eligible to become a World Record, certain criteria must be met.

A race must be:

  1. Be sanctioned by the IAAF or by the Athletics Federation of the host country.
  2. Pacemakers cannot rotate in and out of a race.
  3. There must be anti-doping controls.
  4. Refreshments must be taken from official stations and not brought to an athlete.
  5. There must be at least three competitors.
  6. An athlete cannot be paced by a vehicle with a motor.
  7. The course must be measured and certified by an official.

According to an article published on ITV and seen by, during Kipchoge’s first attempt in Monza, Italy two years ago, refreshments were brought to him and pacers swapped in and out, an arrangement that breached IAAF’s rules.

On Saturday, refreshments in the form of eight pre-prepared drinks, energy and caffeine gels were handed to Kipchoge every 3.1 miles (5km), breaching one of the rules.

The 34-year-old already holds the men’s world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018.

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