Eliud Kipchoge missed out on becoming the first athlete to run under two hours for the marathon by 25 seconds.
The Kenyan, 32, clocked 2:00.24 but due to the use of 20 in-out pacemakers, the time will not be recognised as a world record, meaning Dennis Kimetto’s mark of 2:02.57 is still the quickest.
But Kipchoge said: “This is history.”
Eritrea’s Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia also raced in the behind-closed-doors Nike event in Italy but faded earlier in the attempt.
More to follow.
#Breaking2: Eliud Kipchoge goes close to sub-two hour marathon at Nike event