8th October 2019

Eliud Kipchoge lands in Vienna ahead of INEOS 1:59 Challenge

The world’s best marathon runner, Eliud Kipchoge, has this morning (8th October) landed in Vienna, Austria ahead of his attempt to become the first ever person to break the legendary two-hour marathon barrier in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge this week.

On 7th October, the INEOS 1:59 Challenge team confirmed that the decision had been made for Eliud Kipchoge to fly to Vienna, and narrowed the event window from 12th - 14th October, with a target for the 12th.

The next pivotal date in the decision process will be tomorrow (9th October) when the Performance team will decide if the date for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge will either be confirmed as the 12th October or delayed.

If the green light is given on 9th October the three-day countdown begins and Kipchoge will switch his nutrition and begin carb-loading. Kipchoge and his team will then make their final preparations and the world can start getting ready to watch the INEOS 1:59 Challenge live.

Once the date is set, the exact start time for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge will be conformed the day before. The start time will be between 5AM - 9AM local time (CEST).

On landing in Vienna, Eliud Kipchoge said: "I am ready for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. My training has been successful and I look forward to the Challenge ahead and showing the world that no human is limited.

"I am very excited to be here in Vienna. I have now seen the course for the first time and it looked great. I can't wait to run on it and hopefully I will see you all there this weekend".

Eliud Kipchoge leaving Kenya. Credit: Dan Vernon


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