Kipchoge arrives in Vienna for the ‘big race’

Eliud Kipchoge touches down in Vienna on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Eliud Kipchoge has arrived in Vienna, Austria ahead of his attempt to run a sub-2 hour marathon. Kipchoge flew to Vienna aboard Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Gulfstream G280 from Eldoret International Airport on Monday night.

The jet, valued at KSh2.4 billion, excited a section of Kenyans online. Kipchoge, arguably the greatest marathoner, is on a quest to become the first man to run the 42-kilometre distance in under two hours this weekend.

“I don’t know if you people get this hype. Eliud Kipchoge has lacked people to compete with and has instead decided to compete against time and do the unthinkable on Friday. That is running a marathon under two hours, something never done before. What a moment,” said one of Kipchoge’s fans.

Another said: “Finally, the crème de la crème of all marathons is here. He’s not competing with anyone nor to win his title but to go below the 2-hour mark…. He’s competing with time. I trust that he will do it Probably on 12th Oct 2019.”

The reigning Olympic champion is one of the most decorated marathoners on the planet.

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