In Summary
  • Eliud will make an attempt to run a marathon in the 1:59 challenge, in Vienna, Austria next month.
  • Organisers of October 12 record run attempt release list of 13 more pacemakers
  • World marathon record holder oozes confidence ahead of his attempt to become the first man to run the marathon in under two hours

Eliud Kipchoge says he’s mentally prepared for next month’s challenge in Vienna where he will attempt to become the first man to run the marathon in under two hours.

He spoke in media conference call on Wednesday as organisers of the record run attempt - dubbed “INEOS 1:59 Challenge” - released a list of 13 more pacemakers who will aid the Kenyan Olympic champion and world marathon record holder in his attempt on October 12 in the Austrian capital.

Among the latest batch of pacemakers is Marius Kipserem who set a course record time of 2:04:11 to win this year’s Rotterdam Marathon, British chemical firm INEOS, who are bankrolling Kipchoge’s latest attempt, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Another Kenyan Eric Kiptanui, the sixth fastest man ever over the half-marathon distance (58 minutes and 42 seconds), along with compatriot, 2008 Olympic 10,000 metres bronze medallist Micah Kogo and Ethiopia’s Chala Regasa, the sixth fastest man in the world over 10km (27:23) are among the new pacers.


Some of the pacemakers were involved in a test run last month.

“It was a fantastic experience to be part of the testing for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna. All of us there were able to learn a great deal about what will be expected of us on the day of the challenge itself when it is our aim to come together as one team and help Eliud Kipchoge make history,” Kipserem said in the INEOS statement.

Speaking from his Kaptagat training base on conference call on Wednesday, Kipchoge said nothing much had changed in his training from his last attempt in 2017 when he fell just 26 seconds shy of dipping under 2:00 in a Nike-orchestrated attempt in Monza, Italy.

“With 25 days to go I can assure you that I’m feeling good, I’m happy with the way I’ve been training and I’m ready for the challenge,” said Kipchoge, 34.

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