World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge left Kenya on Monday night for Austria aboard a private jet ready to redefine the limits of human achievement by breaking the two-hour barrier in the Ineos 1.59 challenge.
Africa Tembelea has learnt that the race is expected to be held this Saturday October 12, 2019 in the streets of Vienna with an eight-day window in-case of adverse weather conditions.
Kichoge, 34, an Olympic marathon champion will attempt to run the marathon in under two hours, with the “INEOS 1:59 Challenge” funded by British Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, owner of chemical firm INEOS.
Kipchoge seeks to shatter his own record set last year at the Berlin City marathon of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.
“I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited, it’s not about money, it’s about showing a generation of people that there are no limits.”
“That the limits are all in their thoughts, I am trying to remove that click in their mind that no human is limited.”
Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa was full of praise for the athlete and admitted he will shatter the record in Vienna.
“[Kipchoge] is a hero and will definitely prove it again on Saturday in Vienna, I know he will make us proud,” Mwendwa is quoted to have said.
“Let me take this earliest opportunity to wish my friend and countryman @EliudKipchoge the best in the @INEOS159 in Vienna Austria this weekend.I believe you in your capability will run that marathon in 1:59 bro,” posted @VictorWanyama on twitter.
This will be Kipchoge’s second attempt to break the two-hours barrier after coming close in May 2017 in the Nike’s Breaking2 project held at the Monza Formula one track in Italy.