Eliud Kipchoge’s Ineos 159 Challenge: Kenyan confident of breaking two-hour marathon barrier

Eliud Kipchoge is confident he will become the first man to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon and insists there are “no limits” to what he can achieve.

The Kenyan runner, who holds the world record at 2:01:39, is attempting the feat for a second time after a 2017 effort in Monza with Nike’s Breaking 2 project, where he missed out by 26 seconds. 

Now, with the support of Ineos, Kipchoge is confident entering the 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, which will include multiple rotating pacemakers. 

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“I’m running to make history,” Kipchoge said. “I’m running to show that there are no limits, no human is limited.

“The course is extremely good – I feel more prepared and I am confident. It’s not about thinking, ‘Am I going to do it?’ – I have tried it the first time and the second time, I will do it.”


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5/40 Kelsey-Lee Barber, Australia

6/40 Donavan Brazier, USA

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8/40 Christian Taylor, USA

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10/40 Sam Kendricks, USA

11/40 Deanna Price, USA

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26/40 Niklas Kaul, Germany

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28/40 Yaimea Perez, Cuba

29/40 Mutaz Essa Barshim, Qatar

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32/40 Steven Gardiner, Bahamas

33/40 Toshikazu Yamanishi, Japan

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“That run in Berlin and this run in Vienna are two different things,” said Kipchoge.

“Berlin was running and breaking a world record – Vienna is running and making history, like the first man to go to the moon.

“I am trying to stay as calm as possible.”

While the sport has been clouded in controversy since the World Championships after Alberto Salazar’s ban for doping violations.

Kipchoge said in response: “I will give you an example: In a garden there is flowers and there are weeds.

“In Vienna, we are talking of the flowers. Let us concentrate on the flowers which can prosper and make everybody in this world be happy.”

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