2:01:39 is a number Eliud Kipchoge will never forget.
The Kenyan runner won the Berlin Marathon today with that record-breaking time, becoming the first to ever finish a marathon in less than 2:02.
Defending his Berlin title from 2017, Kipchoge beat the previous world record — set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 — by a minute and 18 seconds.
What an amazing day!
I want to thank my coach Patrick Sang, my team mates, my management, Nike and NN. A special thank you to my fans for your support! pic.twitter.com/uCh2wCh3sQ
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) September 16, 2018
Kipchoge had spent the last couple of years chasing the world record in Berlin and falling short. But the 33-year-old Nike athlete explained to reporters after the race, “They say you miss two times, but you can’t miss the third time.”
To commemorate the historic moment, Nike tweeted out the news, sharing an image of Kipchoge in the style of its new “Just Do It” campaign with text reading, “It’s only crazy until you do it” laid over the photo.
“Yesterday, 2:01:39 seemed crazy. Today, it’s the marathon world record. #justdoit,” the brand wrote.
Yesterday, 2:01:39 seemed crazy. Today, it’s the marathon world record. #justdoit pic.twitter.com/dm7JeOCPqN
— Nike (@Nike) September