Eliud Kipchoge set to make another sub two hour marathon attempt
Eliud Kipchoge to make an attempt of lowering his own world marathon record
Eliud Kipchoge will make another attempt at becoming the first man in history to run a marathon under two hours after signing up for the Ineos 1:59 challenge set for either September or October this year, financed by British Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
Sir Ratcliffe, through his company Ineos will finance the audacious attempt by Kipchoge who will make a second ever attempt at breaking the two hour barrier after he made the initial attempt in May 2017 at a Formula One track in Monza.
He came 25 seconds to break that barrier and has always made it known that he feels this is a project that he can undertake once again and be successful.
“Running the fastest marathon ever was the proudest moment of my career. To get another chance to break the magical two-hour mark is incredibly exciting. I always say that no human is limited, and I know that it is possible,” Kipchoge said.
“I learnt a lot from my previous attempt and I truly believe that I can go 26 seconds faster than I did in Monza two years ago. It gives me great pride to accept the challenge presented by INEOS,” added the World Record holder.
This effectively means that Kipchoge will not be part of Kenya’s World Championship team in Doha later this year and will as well not seek to defend his Berlin marathon crown in September. He broke the World Record in Berlin last year taking 78 seconds off the previous mark to run in 2:01:39.
The venue for INEOS 1:59 Challenge is currently being decided, with a number of options that offer a flat looped circuit being investigated for the event which is planned for late September or early October 2019.
“He is a truly special athlete with incredible levels of mental resolve. Throughout his dazzling marathon career he has pushed the event to a new stratosphere and with the right preparation, I believe he has the ability to make history,” Sang said