London Marathon 2022: Eliud Kipchoge is tipped over by Bashir Abdi for breaking the two-hour marathon barrier

Eliud Kipchoge breaks the two-hour marathon barrier as Olympic bronze medalist Bashir Abdi proclaims that “anything is possible” for the legendary Kenyan runner.

The 37-year-old improved his own world record at last Sunday’s Berlin marathon by 30 seconds, passing halfway in under an hour before eventually easing slightly to post an astounding time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds.

Kipchoge ran an unofficial time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds in Vienna three years ago, but the feat wasn’t delivered in race conditions, while he was also helped by 41 pacemakers embarking and disembarking on the track.

But Belgian Abdi, who is set to claim a third podium at the TCS London Marathon this weekend in just over a year, after bronze medals at the Tokyo Olympics and the Eugene World Championships, insists Kipchoge can run under two hours if the pace can be found at elite level.

“Nowadays everything Kipchoge says is happening,” Abdi said. “If he says he can walk under two hours, it’s possible.

“I think he’s capable, but the question is who can keep up with him? At this rate and how far can he be helped.

“That’s one of the most challenging things. If the pacemaker was strong enough to go 30km at that pace, I think it’s possible with this guy. Everything is possible.

“I definitely think if he has a few more years to go he still has some improvements.”

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