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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 world 1,500 and 5,000 meters champion Bernard Lagat and former Commonwealth 5000 meters champion Augustine Choge.
The pacemakers ran in groups of seven, five ahead of Kipchoge in a ‘V’ formation, with Lagat and Choge behind him.
Their main role was to dictate Kipchoge’s pace while also protecting him from the wind.
The first set of pace makers ran 3 Kilometers while the rest covered roughly 4.8 Kilometers.
New pacemakers joined him after every 4.8 Kilometers 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 kilometer.
The driver of the car was asked to used to cruise control facility to ensure steady pace.
The publication further indicated that each of the runners also had a chip fitted in his shoes to monitor their pace.
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