INEOS1:59CHALLENGE

Ruto, Raila send Kipchoge good wishes ahead of Ineos

In Summary

• Raila said that Kipchoge will make to 1:59 challenge having already completed a marathon race in 2:00:25 hours.

• Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion landed in Vienna on Tuesday morning boarding a private jet owned by Sir Jim’s Gulfstream G280.

Eliud kipchoge with his pacemakers have a feel of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
Eliud kipchoge with his pacemakers have a feel of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
Image: COURTESY

Deputy President William Ruto and Special AU envoy Raila Odinga have wished world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge success in his upcoming attempt.

The world record holder will be attempting to clock the tape in under two hours in the 42 kilometres race dubbed Ineos 1:59 challenge.

Kipchoge, the Olympic marathon champion, landed in Vienna on Tuesday morning boarding a private jet owned by Sir Jim’s Gulfstream G280.

On his Twitter handle on Wednesday, Ruto expressed confidence in Kipchoge's ability to smash the target.

"In a few days, the world’s greatest marathoner will once again be embarking on uncharted journey to smash the limits of human athleticism and define a new level of distinction. I have absolutely no doubt he will achieve it. Go @eliudkipchoge!" Ruto said.

Raila said Kipchoge will make it in the 1:59 challenge, having already completed a marathon in 2:00:25 hours.

"I fully embrace the #INEOS159 motto that no human is limited or should be. @EliudKipchoge has never been limited. We have faith that having done 2:00:25, this gallant son of Kenya and Africa will make it 1:59. Go go Eliud, we are behind you for something new, something unlimited," Raila said.

Safaricom unveiled a new M-Pesa logo on Wednesday in honour of @EliudKipchoge for the next seven days ahead of INEOS Challenge.

Through hash tags #Eliudkipchoge, #Ineos 1:59 Challenge and #Eliudkipchoge challenge, Kenyans passed messages of success towards Kipchoge.

Ainabkoi MP William Chepkut said, "Competing against time, defying human limits! The hard work and resilience of our athletes epitomises the true Kenyan spirit. All the best bro."

"Those saying it's not possible should stop making noise and distracting those who are doing it," Antony Tito Sammy said.

Sam Gituku said, "Some run for a cause; some run for history. Some run for office. No human is limited."

Muita Edwin said, "No human is limited Go go go Eliud Kipchoge,"

"Eliud Kipchoge had better break this record. I don't remember Kenyans being this optimistic and unified since the 2002 elections," Ferdinand Omondi said.