Kenyan runner comes close, but 2-hour marathon barrier remains unbroken

( CNN) Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge called tantalizingly close to breaking one of the most begrudged frontiers left in sportings, rolling a full marathon in two hours and 24 seconds Saturday.

Kipchoge, 32, assembled fellow world-class runners Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea in Nike’s Breaking2 activity, an attempt to cover the 26.2 miles( 42.2 kilometers) of a marathon in under two hours. Navigated by a squad of speeding runners, the three started together, but Kipchoge — the 2016 Olympic champion and the 2016 London Marathon winner — called closest in the end.

The marathon was held at the Monza Formula 1 racetrack near Milan, Italy, a locate elected because it was to construct rush. The campaign called 63 times to the day since Roger Bannister became the first person to run amile in under four minutes.

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