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Two-hour marathon attempt an ‘inspiration’ to big Twitter audience

Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge lies down after crossing the finish line of a marathon at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the end the Olympic champion was just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours.
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge lies down after crossing the finish line of a marathon at the Monza Formula One racetrack, Italy, Saturday, May 6, 2017. Kipchoge was 26 seconds from making history on Saturday but in the end the Olympic champion was just short of becoming the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours. AP

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge came just 26 seconds short of running a marathon in under two hours Saturday in Monza, Italy.

Organized by Nike, the “Breaking2” event was run on the Monza Formula One track under optimal conditions with some of the world’s best runners, including Kipchoge, an Olympic marathon champion.

Kipchoge’s time of 2 hours, 25 seconds beat the world record set by Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57) by more than two minutes. However, the event was an exhibition with tightly controlled conditions and Kipchoge’s time will not count as an official world record.

The full run was live streamed on Twitter, finishing around 11 p.m. PDT on Friday, and gathered a huge audience on the platform.

Here’s what some of the spectators had to say.

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