3 Critical Strategies Kipchoge Deployed to Shatter 1:59 INEOS Challenge

  • Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna on October 12, 2019. He deployed several strategies to secure a win. File
  • Eliud Kipchoge and his team devised several tactics in his attempt to be the first person to run a marathon under two hours, dubbed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

    According to a report by Saturday Nation, the 34-year-old athlete had 41 pacemakers including former 1,500 and 5,000m champion Bernard Lagat and former Commonwealth 5000m champion Augustine Choge.

    The pacemakers ran in groups of seven, five were constantly ahead of Kipchoge in a 'V' formation, with two runners behind him.

    Deputy President William Ruto celebrates with spectators in Vienna  on Saturday, October 12.
    Deputy President William Ruto celebrates with spectators in Vienna on Saturday, October 12.

    Their main role was to dictate Kipchoge's pace while also protecting him from the wind, which could slow him down.

    The first set of pacemakers ran 3km while the rest covered roughly 4.8km.

    New pacemakers joined him after every few kilometres, while the ones who were running with him went out.

    An Audi E-tron car was ahead of them and it beamed green laser lights on the tarmac to guide the runners to stick to the pace that had been agreed on, which was two minutes and 50 seconds per kilometre.

    The driver of the car was asked to use the cruise control function to ensure a steady pace.

    The publication further indicated that each of the runners also had a chip fitted in his shoes to monitor the pace.

    Below is a video of  speaking to journalists Kipchoge after crossing the finishing line: