SUB 2 MARATHON WILL BE SAME AS FIRST MAN ON THE MOON
15 August 2019
Eliud Kipchoge believes breaking the two-hour barrier for the marathon in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge would be an achievement to rank alongside man landing on the moon.
Speaking to media this week, two months before he takes on the epic challenge to become the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon, Kipchoge said he has no doubts he will make history in Vienna in October.
“Some people believe it is impossible,” Kipchoge said. “I respect their views, they should respect mine. My team and I believe it is possible. We will prove them wrong.”
The INEOS 1:59 Challenge will take place in The Prater, the huge park in Vienna, with a window from October 12 until October 20, earmarked for the attempt to take place. The exact date of the challenge will be decided nearer the time when an accurate weather forecast is available.
Kipchoge attempted the task before in 2017 in Monza, Italy. He missed by just 26 seconds. But that has given him the confidence to try again. “I was like a boxer who is going in the ring and doesn’t know what will happen,” he said of his first attempt two years’ ago. “But this time I am prepared, and I know what will happen.”
The 34-year-old has won Olympic and World Championship gold medals and his eight World Marathon Major Marathon successes include four victories in London. He also holds the world record – 2:01:39, set in Berlin in 2018. But Kipchoge said completing the INEOS 1:59 Challenge would mean more to him than any of his previous glories.
“It’s more important,” he said. “This is about history and making a mark in sport. It’s like the first man to go to the moon, I will be the first man to run under two hours, this is crucial. “This is about history, it’s about leaving a legacy. It’s about inspiring people. It will mean a lot when I run under two hours. My main message to 3 billion people in the world is that No Human is Limited.”
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