Nandi seeks divine intervention for Kipchoge record bid


Nandi seeks divine intervention for Kipchoge record bid
Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder from Kenya, poses ahead of a news conference in Vienna, Austria October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

In Summary

  • The Nandi County Government will hold the prayer rally at Kapsisiywa Primary School where Kipchoge studied as a young boy and big screens will be installed for a live public viewing of the race
  • Screens have been erected at the Eldoret CBD where hundreds are expected to view the INEOS Challenge while others will be watching in various restaurants

The Nandi County Government will hold a public prayer meeting on Friday night for Eliud Kipchoge on the eve of his attempt to break mythical two-hour marathon barrier.

Kipchoge will begin his quest in Vienna to become the first person to complete a marathon in less than two hours and has received immense support back at his hometown in Kasiyiwa.

The Nandi County Government will hold the prayer rally at Kapsisiywa Primary School where Kipchoge studied as a young boy and big screens will be installed for a live public viewing of the race.

Screens have been erected at the Eldoret CBD where hundreds are expected to view the INEOS Challenge while others will be watching in various restaurants.

Uasin Gishu residents have meanwhile expressed optimism that the Olympic champion will achieve the mark that has been touted as athletics’ last greatest barrier.

Led by Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, the residents now want the government to complete the stadia in the region to help budding young athletes.

“We know, he will make it due to his discipline and determination as seen in the past races he has won,” Elius Kiptum Mahindi, Leeds marathon winner said.

Most of the athletes in the North Rift region term Kipchoge has their motivator especially the young athletes.

“Kipchoge is like the famous Kipchoge Keino, we look up to him since he has been an inspiration to many,” John Kosgei, an upcoming athlete, said.

Plans are underway to close the Eldoret  – Uganda highway where the screen has been placed this evening to create space for viewers.

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