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G.O.A.T Kipchoge in Mombasa for Mashujaa Day fete

Saturday October 19 2019

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) runs during his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019 in Vienna. Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. PHOTO | HERBERT NEUBAUER |

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) runs during his attempt to bust the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12, 2019 in Vienna. Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. PHOTO | HERBERT NEUBAUER |  AFP

WACHIRA MWANGI
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Man of the moment Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday morning checked into Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa under tight presidential security.

The world marathon record holder was flown to the Coastal city by the Kenya Forest Services ahead of Sunday's Mashujaa Day celebrations to be presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Mombasa's Mama Ngina Waterfront. Kipchoge is expected to be recognised by the President during the fete.

Kipchoge, draped in a black suit, was accompanied by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, his coach Patrick Sang and Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei.

Last weekend, the 34-year-old became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours after clocking 1 hour, 59 minutes, 40sec in the INEOS 1:59 Challenge staged in Vienna.

Kipchoge then went to the Netherlands with his manager Jos Hermerns where he was expected to stay for a while as he recovers after the historic run in Vienna.

Kipchoge, now considered the greatest marathoner of all time, was assisted by 41 pacemakers in Vienna and entered the Guinness Book of World Records for running the first sub two-hour marathon.

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Guests at the facility tried to get a glimpse of the legendary athlete, who is the reigning IAAF World Athlete of the Year, as he walked away to his highly secured room.

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