Ineos 159 Challenge

Eliud Kipchoge Confident of Breaking Two-Hour Marathon Barrier

Eliud Kipchoge, 34, is attempting the feat for the second time in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, having missed out by 26 seconds in Monza in 2017.

He is the current world record holder, though this attempt will again not count as an official record as he will be assisted by rotating pacemakers.

“I’m running to make history,” he said.

“I’m running to show that there are no limits, no human is limited.”

Olympic champion Kipchoge, who won the London Marathon for the fourth time earlier this year, clocked two hours, 25 seconds in a similar attempt as part of Nike’s Breaking 2 project at the Monza Grand Prix circuit in Italy.

This time he will run the 26.2 miles over 4.4 laps of a 5.97-mile course in Prater park in the Austrian capital, with the route consisting of two 2.67-mile stretches and two small loops at each end.

The location was selected because of the favorable climate, excellent air quality, and almost completely flat terrain, with only 2.4 metres of incline over the entire route.

The attempt is being funded by petrochemicals company Ineos – owned by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe – which also sponsors the cycling team of the same name.

The Ineos team assessed the weather conditions before selecting Saturday as the attempt date and will decide on a start time on Friday, with Kipchoge also hoping the course will be lined with spectators, unlike his previous attempt.

“The course is extremely good – I feel more prepared and I am confident,” said Kipchoge.

“It’s not about thinking, ‘Am I going to do it?’ – I have tried it the first time and the second time, I will do it.”

Kipchoge will be assisted by 41 pacemakers, who will be helped to maintain a constant speed by a leading pace car that will beam lasers onto the road

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Courtesy BBC Sports News


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