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INEOS 1:59: D-day fast approaching for Eliud Kipchoge

  • PublishedOctober 8, 2019

All eyes will be on world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge as he aims to run under two hours in a distance of 42 kilometers in the INEOS 1:59 challenge. The event will see the record holder take to the course in a date yet to be decided between October 12th and 20th depending on the weather conditions to break a record which he missed by 26 seconds in 2017 at the F1 circuit in Monza, Italy.

His starting time will be between 6 a.m and 10 a.m Kenyan time with Vienna chosen as the location for the event due to its favorable weather conditions in the month of October.

Also read: A Moment With ELIUD KIPCHOGE World’s Greatest Marathoner

Kipchoge departed for Vienna yesterday in a private jet (Sir Jim’s Gulfstream G280) from his training base together with his manager Patrick Sang and a few other staff members.

Vienna here we come! pic.twitter.com/OxV4LPJ4QO

— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 7, 2019

The better part of today has seen #KipchogeINEOSChallenge and #INEOS159 trending with varied reactions and words of encouragement from people around the world.

See below some reactions:

A country’s, continent’s and arguably, mankind’s hopes all on the shoulders of one man.
One striking virtue stands out in Eliud Kipchoge; his humility.
Go forward and break the record Eliud!#KipchogeINEOSChallenge #WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/ar7yZv8pUL

— Agnes Kagure (@itsagneskagure) October 8, 2019

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.
All the best my Mentor, Eliud Kipchoge.#KipchogeINEOSChallenge pic.twitter.com/PjkSBlofjQ

— Timothy Cheruiyot (@TimoCheruiyot) October 8, 2019

All is possible. My prayers, support and best wishes to you @EliudKipchoge as you go for this challenge. You are a hero and role model to many athletes and youths in our country.
We are proud of you. All the best sir.#INEOS159#eliudkipchoge#KipchogeINEOSChallenge pic.twitter.com/9olVHl72Ac

— Hon. Cate Waruguru (@Cate_Waruguru) October 8, 2019

Competing against time; defying human limit
Go kip! #KipchogeINEOSChallenge pic.twitter.com/LTTK6rgCF2

— Pauline Njoroge, HSC (@paulinenjoroge) October 8, 2019

As Parents Magazine Africa, we wish him all the best in his bid to run under 2 hours.

 

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