Olympic 5,000m silver-medallist Paul Chelimo of the US and road 5K world record-holder Julien Wanders of Switzerland have joined the growing list of runners who will take turns pacing marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge to a 1:59 marathon in Vienna in October. Several other runners from Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya were also named, including Shadrack Kipchirchir and Vincent Kiprotich.
We’ve announced the next batch of #INEOS159 Challenge pacemakers – they are:
🇺🇸 Paul Chelimo
🇺🇸 Shadrack Kipchirchir
🇨🇭 Julien Wanders
🇪🇹 Tesfahun Akalnew
🇰🇪 Philemon Kacheran
🇰🇪 Noah Kipkemboi
🇰🇪 Vincent Kiprotich
🇺🇬 Mande Busendich
See the whole team: https://t.co/A14E8iJ2up
— INEOS 1:59 Challenge (@INEOS159) August 28, 2019
Earlier this month, INEOS announced that multi-American record-holder Bernard Lagat and the three Ingebrigtsen brothers of Norway (Henrik, Filip and Jakob) would pace Kipchoge during his 1:59 attempt, to take place sometime between October 12 and 20 on Vienna’s Prater Hauptallee.
Both Wanders and Chelimo will race at this year’s World Championships in Doha–Chelimo the 5,000, and Wanders plans to double the 5,000m and 10,000m. Wanders, who holds the European record in both the road 10K (27:25) and the half-marathon (59:13), trains alongside Kipchoge with the NN Running Team in Iten, Kenya.
Wanders has always been a very strong road runner, but success on the track came more recently. This year he has set six personal bests and two national records–in the 10,000m in Stockholm, where he ran 27:44.36 for sixth place, and in the 5,000m less than two weeks later in Hengelo, Netherlands, where he ran a personal best and world standard 13:19.79 for eighth place.
Chelimo, who was disqualified and then re-instated as silver medallist in the 5,000m at the Rio Olympics, which was won by Mo Farah, went on to a bronze medal in the distance at the 2017 World Championships. He took gold in the 3,000m at last year’s Continental Cup race in Ostrava, and he won the 5,000m at last year’s London Diamond League in 13:14.01. He was also the US national champion over the distance in 2018 and 2017, and won the National Indoor Championships over 1,500m and 3,000m in 2018.