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  • Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed also predicted Kipchoge will achieve the historic feat.

Former world marathon record holders Paul Tergat and Patrick Makau have tipped Eliud Kipchoge to beat the two-hour mark at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna Saturday morning.

Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed also predicted Kipchoge will achieve the historic feat.

Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, will be making a second attempt at running a marathon under two hours after coming short in 2017 by 26 seconds during the Nike Breaking2 in Monza, Italy.

Tergat, who is the first man to have run a full marathon under two hours and 05 minutes, said Kipchoge’s self-belief and determination will deliver the feat.

“He is going to do it! Just leave alone running 1:59:58, Eliud will run 1:58,” said Tergat, who made history as the first Kenyan to own a marathon world record when winning in Berlin in 2:04:55 on September 28, 2003. The record came a month after Kipchoge won the World 5,000m title aged 19.

“No one believed that anyone would ever run under two hours and five minutes but I proved them wrong since I was brave, bold and strong mentally and physically,” said Tergat, who shattered Khalid Khannouchi’s four-year old WR of 2:05:38.

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