Olympic marathon Eliud Kipchoge will be attempting to break the barrier, the sub-2-hour mark at the 2019 INEOS 1:59 Challenge on Saturday 12th.
Despite not being recognized by IAAF as a world record, the reigning world marathon record holder, if he will achieve the feet, will be joining three other Kenyan runners who have entered the Guinness Book of records for Deeping under in their respective races.
The three Kenyans are Moses Kiptanui in 3,000m steeplechase, Moses Tanui in half marathon and Yobes Ondiek in 10,000m.
Popularly called Boston due to his exploits at Boston marathon, Tanui is remembered for being the first man on earth to run half marathon under one hour following his victory at Milan Half marathon on April 3rd 1993 after he clocked 59:47.
The two time Boston marathon winner (1996 and 1998) who also won the 1991 10,000m at the world championships said the under one hour is better than a world record because the record can be broken but under cannot.
“My name is in the Guinness Book for what I did long time. It was a privilege that few people can enjoy in life,” said the 1995 world half marathon champion who went on to win silver at the 1997 event.
Born in 1965, Tanui won silver at the 1993 world championships and finished second at the 1999 Chicago marathon.
His nemesis Kiptanui became the first man to run 3,000m steeplechase when he ran with a world record at the Gothenburg on 16th August 1995 when he timed 7:59.18.
Kiptanui was the 1992 world 3,000 m world record holders in 7:28.96, 1992 world 3,000m steeplechase record holder before winning the 1993 and 1995 world 3,000m steeplechase and 3,000m respectively.
He also won silver at the 1996 Olympic Games in 3,000m steeplechase and the same medal at the 1997 world championships.
Yobes Ondiek, who dominated 5,000m and 10,000m achieved the feet at the Bislett Games on July 10th 1993.
Ondiek said he ran under the mercy of God because he was not aware he was to make such big win.
“I was nobody during those days. I had nothing special but God gave me what I never expected. By then I never felt something special but nowadays I feel because many people are trying their way to achieve what I did long ago,” said Ondiek.
He said his running career was good enough hence the results where he was not celebrated unlike these days.
“When I was on track that day, I never looked behind to see my opponents instead I concentrated and that is what I won at last,” added Ondiek.
Ondiek became the first man to break the 27 minute mark when he finished 10,000m in 26:58.38 after lowering Richard Chelimo’s time by nine seconds.
He was the 1992 Olympic games 5,000m gold medalist.