Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has made a phone call to Eliud Kipchoge wishing him success ahead of his INEOS159 challenge in Vienna, Austria today. The president expressed optimism that Kipchoge would succeed and that he has support and prayers from over 45 million Kenyans watching back at home.
Meanwhile, the Deputy President William Ruto and other leaders have landed in Vienna ahead of the most anticipated race.
But how would Kipchoge cross the 42KM mark in less than 2 hours?
But how will Eliud Kipchoge ensure that he finishes a 42KM marathon in less than 2 hours? Kalegenes brings you a simple analysis to help you understand this better.
FOR ELIUD KIPCHOGE TO RUN A 1:59 42KM MARATHON, HE WILL NEED TO RUN:
1. 100m in 17.08s
2. 200m in 34.17s
3. 400m in 1m 8s
4. 800m in 2m 16s
5. 1500m in 4m 16s
6. 5000m 14m 13s
7. 10000m in 28m 26s
8. 21km in 59m 59s
9. 42km in 1h 59m 59s
CURRENT WORLD RECORD FOR:
1. 100m is 9.58s (Usain Bolt)
2. 200m is 19.19s (Usain Bolt)
3. 400m is 43.03s (Wayne Van Niekerk)
4. 800m is 1m 40s (David Rudisha)
5. 1500m is 3m 26s (Hicham El Guerrouj)
6. 5000m is 12m 37s (Kenenisa Bekele)
7. 10000m is 26m 17s (Kenenisa Bekele)
8. 21km is 58m 01s (Geoffrey Kamworor)
9. 42km is 2h 02m 57s (Eliud Kipchoge)
To summarize this and for you to understand this better;
Take for instance number 8, Eliud is required to cross the 21km mark in less than 59m 59s.
This is very much possible having had Geoffry Kamworor run the same distance in 58m 01s. Remember Kipchoge runs faster than Kamworor so he can even cross the 21km point at 57minutes.
Therefore, with his strong team of pacesetters, Kipchoge will no doubt run under 2 hours. The 41 pacesetters will ensure than he maintains the above average pace.
“I am confident that I have been in that speed in the last two years. So it’s not something that we’re thinking, oh, are we going to do it? I’ve been doing it for the first time, and the second time, I will get it.” Kipchoge said.
Remember, Kipchoge came close to the under 1:59 time when he ran 2:00:25 on a Formula One course in Monza, Italy, on May 6, 2017.
We wish him all the best.