- At Thursday’s press conference, photography was prohibited as Kipchoge addressed the media, with only selected photographers allowed to click their cameras.
- Such is the bubble around Kipchoge who is being treated like royalty here, and deservedly so.
Deputy President William Ruto is expected to lead Kenyan dignitaries to cheer world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge as he battles to break the two-hour marathon barrier on Saturday.
Also expected are North Rift governors Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) as the world prepares to see Kenya’s Olympic champion toy with history.
Ruto, who cancelled a weekend rally earlier planned for Nakuru, made the announcement on Thursday evening in Nakuru, at the home of his close ally, Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri.
Dr Ruto was on his way from Malinya, in Kakamega County, where he had visited the home of former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale to console him and the family following the death of his first wife, Adelaide.
“Mimi nilikuwa ninatamani sana kufika hapa Jumamosi, poleni sana sitaweza kufika, kwa sababu nitakuwa pale Vienna, Austria nikiwakilisha serikali ya Kenya katika kumpa motisha mwanariadha Eliud Kipchoge ambaye anataka kuunda historia…( I was planning to visit Nakuru this weekend , but I will be travelling to Vienna in Austria to represent President Uhuru Kenyatta in cheering and encouraging our very own Eliud Kipchoge as he makes history,” stated Dr Ruto.
Initially, the “INEOS 1:59 Challenge” would have been held in England, but the logistical nightmare of closing down sections of a big city were too ghastly to contemplate.