In Summary
  • Kipchoge has concentrated his training at the Global Sports Communications camp in Kaptagat under legendary coach Patrick Sang
  • Last week, INEOS released the list of pacemakers who will, hopefully, push Kipchoge to the below two hours’ mark
  • The window has been left open until October 20, just in case weather conditions on October 12 aren’t ideal for the run

The clock is quickly ticking down to world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge’s attempt to become the first man to cover the iconic 42-kilometre distance in under two hours. Dubbed the “INEOS 1:59 Challenge,” the attempt has been put together by British manufacturing giant INEOS that backs athletics, sailing and cycling, among other sports.

In fact, INEOS – whose chairman and CEO is Sir James Ratcliffe, United Kingdom’s third richest man with an estimated fortune of 18.66 billion pounds (Sh2.26 trillion) - dominated this year’s Tour de France cycling race with the team’s Colombian rider Egan Bernal, 22, becoming the youngest Tour winner in the post-Second World War era.

Kipchoge has concentrated his training at the Global Sports Communications camp in Kaptagat under legendary coach Patrick Sang who has been behind the career success of the greatest marathon runner of all time.

Last week, INEOS released the list of pacemakers who will, hopefully, push Kipchoge to the below two hours’ mark.

The attempt has been programmed for October 12 in The Prater, Vienna, but the window has been left open until October 20, just in case weather conditions on October 12 aren’t ideal for the run.

In his previous attempt backed by shoe sponsors Nike and dubbed “Breaking2” in Monza, Italy, in 2017, Kipchoge, 34 was just 26 seconds short of target.

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