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Chasing Kipchoge: A quest to run like the world's fastest man

NZME's Sport News Director Steven Holloway spent eight weeks training to run a kilometre at the same pace Kenyan world record holder Eliud Kipchoge averaged late last year. Photos / Mike Scott

It was described as world sport's equivalent of putting a man on the moon - the day Eliud Kipchoge achieved the "impossible" by running the first sub two-hour marathon.

On October 12 last year, the 35-year-old Kenyan crossed the finish line in Vienna's Prater Park in 1:59:40, almost two minutes faster than the world record he set in Berlin in 2018 and - more importantly - at a breakneck pace of 2m 50s per kilometre.

Following the Kenyan's remarkable effort from Hamilton, NZME's Sport News Director Steven Holloway felt inspired to challenge a few mates to see who could run