The fastest marathoner the world has ever seen is on a mission to set a new record in running history.
Eliud Kipchoge will try to go sub-two hours in a special event called the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. This is his 2nd attempt after hitting 2.00.25 at the Nike’s Breaking2 in 2017. This October between 12th and 14th, we shall witness history.
Kipchoge flew to Vienna on Monday night to prepare for the challenge.
One of the reasons Vienna was picked for the venue of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge was its favourable weather conditions in October.
A world-class team of meteorological experts working on this alongside the Austrian Meteorological Office will have a laser guide on a car to beam fluorescent green laser on the ground ahead of runners to show where Kipchoge needs to be to break the barrier.
There will be 41 elite pacemakers made up of some of the finest long-distance runners from across the world. They will not only set the pace for the Kenyan but also flank him in specially designed aerodynamic formations to help shield him from the wind.
The optimum weather conditions for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge are a temperature between 7 and 14 degrees Celsius, humidity below 80 percent, dry conditions and without too much wind.
Let us hope Kipchoge shaves off his previous record. We shall be up all night watching the race.