Eliud Kipchoge returns to Kenya after historic feat

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NAIROBI, Kenya

Eliud Kipchoge has returned home after becoming the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours.

The Kenyan runner, 34, covered the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.

Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways, tweeted a photo of the athlete aboard the flight from Amsterdam.

The airline’s spokesperson Denis Kashero told Kenya’s Citizen TV that the athlete landed in Nairobi on Wednesday morning.

The sub-two-hour marathon mark will not be recognised as the official marathon world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.

Kipchoge, also the World and Olympic marathon champion, compared the feat to being the first man on the moon.

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