Marathon running may not have the biggest of media profiles within the world of sport, but what Wilson Kipsang achieved in breaking the world record in Berlin over the weekend was truly monumental.
To break any world record in international athletics is a laudable feat worthy of lavish praise and admiration, but to smash the previous best in one of the more gruelling and competitive events is hugely significant.
Furthermore, the fact that Kipsang bettered the world record by 15 seconds marked his effort out as genuinely remarkable.
When Jim Peters became the first man to run under two hours and 20 minutes for the marathon it was considered to be taking the event into a previously inconceivable level.
Kipsang has now taken the discipline, and the art of distance running as a whole, into another league altogether.
The beauty of sport is humans achieving 'impossible' feats previously considered to be beyond their capabilities - and athletics bears this out in striking and wonderfully special ways.
It was genuinely believed that it was not possible to break the four-minute barrier for one mile; that the 3:30 mark for women would not be breached. But athletes find new ways to improve and to take their events into new realms.
Usain Bolt's performances in the 100m and 200m have been regarded as almost superhuman, but Kipsang's stunning effort in Berlin belongs in the same category.
The manner in which the Kenyan powered through the final 3km and sprinted to the finish at the Brandenburg Gate with a final kick of a middle-distance champion was astonishing to behold.
Kipsang may have won the London Marathon in 2012 and taken bronze at the Olympics in the same city, but the way he stormed through to break the world record by such an enormous margin was genuinely astonishing.
In setting a time of 2:03.23 over the 26.2 miles, the 31-year-old took the event to a new level in the German capital. Indeed, he bettered the previous record holder Patrick Makau's effort from 30km to the finish by a staggering 38 seconds.
Despite his breathtaking performance in such a competitive and historic event being somewhat overshadowed and spoiled by an idiotic intruder wearing a t-shirt promoting a sleazy website at the tape, the finish-line photos bear out a time that is beyond many people's comprehension.
To break Kipsang's performance down, he ran over 26 miles at a startling pace of 4.43 minutes per mile, a standard that is uncomfortable to even think about.
Remarkably, Kipsang was far from overjoyed at his effort, remaining adamant that he can run faster. "Today there was a lot of wind, I was really fighting," he reasoned.
This was one of the most incredible sporting achievements ever witnessed, taking the event ever closer to the almost inconceivable two-hour mark, yet for many it went unnoticed.
What Kipsang achieved was truly remarkable and deserves to be recognised as such from a wider audience given its significance within sport as a whole.
Such special and groundbreaking feats must not be allowed go unnoticed or to be sidelined.
Evolution of the marathon world record
Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia) 2:15:16 Rome 10/09/60
Toru Terasawa (Japan) 2:15:15 Beppu 17/02/63
Leonard Edelen (U.S.) 2:14:28 Chiswick 15/06/63
Basil Heatley (Britain) 2:13:55 Chiswick 13/06/64
Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia) 2:12:11 Tokyo 21/10/64
Morio Shigematsu (Japan) 2:12:00 Chiswick 12/06/65
Derek Clayton (Australia) 2:09:36 Fukuoka 3/12/67
Derek Clayton (Australia) 2:08:33 Antwerp 30/05/69
Robert de Castella (Australia) 2:08:18 Fukuoka 6/12/81
Steve Jones (Britain) 2:08:06 Chicago 21/10/84
Carlos Lopes (Portugal) 2:07:12 Rotterdam 20/04/85
Belayneh Densimo (Ethiopia), 2:06:50 Rotterdam 17/04/88
Ronaldo da Costa (Brazil) 2:06:05 Berlin 20/09/98
Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco) 2:05:42 Chicago 24/10/99
Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco) 2:05:38 London 14/04/02
Paul Tergat (Kenya) 2:04:55 Berlin 28/09/03
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:04:26 Berlin 30/09/07
Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:03:59 Berlin 28/09/08
Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38 Berlin 25/09/11
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03.23 Berlin 29/09/13