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In October 2019, Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge ran a sub-two-hour marathon. Research from the University of Exeter on a previous attempt in 2017 discovered elite runners require a “perfect balance” of VO2 max (rate of oxygen uptake), efficiency of movement, and a high “lactate turn point” (above which the body experiences more fatigue) for success.