Eliud Kipchoge picks Vienna for historic sub-two hour bid

Kenya's Olympic marathon champion will try to break two hours in the Austrian capital on 12th October.

Eliud Kipchoge's latest attempt to break the two-hour barrier for the marathon will take place in Vienna on 12th October.

The Olympic champion and world record holder has switched the location of his attempt from London to the Austrian capital to give him the best conditions in which to rewrite history.

"I've been informed Vienna has a fast and flat course, nicely protected by trees." - Eliud Kipchoge

"The course is, as well, situated in the heart of this beautiful city which will enable a great number of spectators to be part of this historical event."

Chasing history on the Prater

Kipchoge's attempt over the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 miles) will take in at least four laps of the Hauptallee, the avenue which runs through the Prater public park.

Also in the Prater is the Ernst Happel Stadion where fellow Kenyan Henry Rono broke the 10,000m world record in 1978.

Lying next to the River Danube, the Prater could provide the ideal setting Kipchoge craves for his tilt at history.

Besides the "fast and flat track", weather was also a major factor behind the venue change from London.

Kipchoge's management team cited "consistent and optimum weather conditions in October, fresh air, wide, traffic-free and illuminated roads and the ability to have supporters lining the route" among their reasons for the switch.

The race is provisionally set for 12th October but, due to the autumn weather being somewhat unpredictable, there will be a reserve window of eight days with the last possible attempt on 20th October.

The Prater public park in Vienna where Eliud Kipchoge will try to break two hours for the marathon
The Prater public park in Vienna where Eliud Kipchoge will try to break two hours for the marathonThe Prater public park in Vienna where Eliud Kipchoge will try to break two hours for the marathon

Sole focus

After defending his London Marathon title in April, Kipchoge announced that he would be skipping the World Championships in Doha to focus on breaking two hours.

He also opted out of returning to Berlin where he smashed the world record last year.

The 34-year-old is now preparing for his record bid at his training base in Kaptagat, Kenya.

Kipchoge's run in Vienna - dubbed the "INEOS 1:59 Challenge" will be his second attempt to break two hours.

The four-time London winner ran the fastest marathon in history at Italy’s famous Monza race track in May 2017, but was just outside his goal.

After clocking an unofficial 2:00.25, he shifted his focus to breaking Denis Kimetto's world record.

He achieved it last September, winning his third Berlin Marathon title in 2:01.39, one minute and 18 seconds inside the previous mark.

But can he now break the magic two-hour barrier?

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