Moment of reckoning as Kipchoge set out to set ‘Earth record’ in Marathon


Olympic and world marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has left the country for Vienna, Austria, in his push to become the first man on earth to run under two hours over 42 kilometres
He flew out last night from his training base in Kenya’s Eldoret town, in the Rift Valley region, in a private jet charted by British Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is sponsoring his attempt.
Kipchoge seeks to break his own record set last year at the Berlin marathon of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.
His target of running the distance under two hours, dubbed “INEOS 1:59 Challenge”, will take place in the streets of Vienna, though organisers are yet to announce the actual date and time due to varying weather conditions.
One of the reasons Vienna was picked for the venue of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge was its favourable weather conditions in October.
This will be Kipchoge’s second attempt to break the two-hour barrier after coming close in May 2017 in Nike’s Breaking2 project in Italy.


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