Marathon World Record holder Eliud Kipchoge has spoken out ahead of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.
In an interview in Austria on Thursday, Kipchoge said that he is confident he will make history during the race set to be held on Saturday in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge said that he had prepared well for the race, adding that he understands the pressure that comes with taking the challenge but promised to remain focused.
“The pressure is everywhere in this world so long as you're a human being. I'm handling it by staying as calm as possible. It means a lot to my country and Africa. No one sets the limit in life. It's all in the mind,” he said.
The Kenyan marathoner also revealed that he will be running with the aim of inspiring more than three million people in the world. He further noted that the Berlin contest is different from the Vienna one because the INEOS Challenge is not just about breaking a record but making history.
“To run in Berlin and Vienna are two different things. Berlin is running and breaking a world record. Vienna is running and making history. Just like the first man to go to the moon,” he added.
Top political leaders in the country including Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga have exuded confidence in Kipchoge breaking the two-hour marathon barrier.