INEOS 1:59 Challenge


Viewers on DStv and GOtv have been enjoying unrivalled coverage of the 2019 IAAF World Championship, but the Athletics action doesn’t end there.

 

Next week sees the start of the eight-day window for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, an event in Vienna, Austria in which Kenyan running legend Eliud Kipchoge will look to become the first person to run a sub-two-hour marathon.

The INEOS 1:59 Challenge will be broadcast LIVE on DStv on SuperSport 9 and on GOtv on Select 1.

Going under two hours for the marathon distance is regarded as the last great landmark in modern athletics, and Kipchoge is seen as the most likely to break this barrier. The 34-year-old is the current marathon world record holder with a time of 2:01:39. Kipchoge's world record run at the 2018 Berlin Marathon broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds – the greatest improvement in a marathon world record time since 1967.

Kipchoge has attempted to break the two-hour barrier before: in Italy in 2017 he ran 2:00:25 in the Breaking2 Project.

This year INEOS 1:59 Challenge organisers have set aside eight days in Vienna – 12 to 20 October 2019 – in which an attempt to break the barrier will be made. The window allows flexibility to have the best possible weather conditions. The effort will be run in 9.6-kilometre laps of Prater Park’s dead-straight Hauptallee tree-lined avenue. Kipchoge will change direction on a roundabout at each end.

"This is a golden chance for me to make history and show the world that no human is limited," said Kipchoge, who last week announced a 14-member pacing squad for the event which includes the likes of Ethiopian Selemon Barega, Uganda’s Ronald Musagala and Olympic 1,500m champion Matthew Centrowitz of United States.

“This is an incredible group of athletes that has been put together to help Eliud try to make history,” Spencer Barden, head of pacemakers for the INEOS 1:59 Challenge, said in a statement.

“These athletes are coming in from all corners of the world. Many of them have had long, tough seasons on the track circuit but not one of them needed convincing. They all recognise this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“They recognise the greatness of Eliud and they want to help him break what is the last great barrier in athletics and become part of history.”

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