In late 2016, Nike unveiled Breaking2, the quest to break the two-hour marathon barrier. On May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy, Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge took part in the Breaking2 challenge, wearing a pair of Vaporfly Elite. His final time was 2:00:25, the fastest 26.2 miles that a human being had ever run.

Today, Kipchoge participated in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, and finished the marathon with a time of 1:59:40, breaking the 2-hour barrier. Kipchoge was equipped with a future edition of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoe, pictured above. While details on the future model are limited, we can see that it features ZoomX foam, a unique cushioning chamber in the forefoot, and introduces new Atomknit technology on the upper.

We are sure we will be learning more about Eliud Kipchoge’s shoes in the coming months, but for the moment let’s celebrate this historical moment in sports history.

Kipchoge after breaking the two-hour barrier


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