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No one has knocked this much time off the men’s world record since the 1950s.For those involved in the project, it’s more of a mental than a physical milestone; breaking the record could have huge ramifications for athletes worldwide.”What it will mean to a running population is that it would be a big mental barrier where people can understand yes, we can do this,” Brad Wilkins, the director of NXT Generation Research in the Nike Sport Research Lab, told CNN.”We believe that once a sub two hour marathon is done the records will fall at traditional marathons after that. People will run faster and faster, similar to when Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile. Within a couple of months after he did that, it was broken three more times.”So we’re expecting we’re hoping that a similar thing will happen. You get past that mental barrier of this two hour mark and in traditional marathons it’s destined to fall.”By tracking the trajectory of world record times, man should break the two hour barrier by 2030. Nike, however, wants to do it Saturday. It’s a feat, if accomplished, that would send human athletic advancement hurtling into the future.