Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge snubs London in favour of Vienna for his attempt to break the two-hour barrier this autumn
- Eliud Kipchoge will soon be attempting to run a marathon in under two hours
- He has selected Vienna as the location, and will make the attempt on October 12
- It was thought that he would choose London, but he has opted for Austria
Marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge has snubbed London for his attempt to break two hours this autumn.
The Kenyan and his backer, Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, had identified the capital as a preferred location for his second bid to make history when it was announced at the start of May.
But it was confirmed on Thursday that the attempt will now take place in Vienna on October 12.
Eliud Kipchoge has selected Vienna as the location for his sub-two-hour marathon attempt
The marathon world record holder is going to be making his record attempt on October 12
A figure involved in the project confirmed to Sportsmail that they were looking at circuits on The Mall and at Battersea Park, but both were discounted relatively quickly in favour of Austria.
Ratcliffe, the chairman of INEOS, had previously applied pressure on London in expressing his hope that ‘the powers that are sympathetic to the quest’, with flexibility needed so they could have options for three consecutive weekends in the city in order to obtain optimal weather conditions.
Kipchoge ran 2:00.25 in his previous attempt to get under two hours in Italy in 2017.
Meanwhile, British Athletics have confirmed they will relocate the national championships from Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium to the Manchester Regional Arena from next year through 2022, with renovations taking place on the former ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.