Four-time London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge has asked Kenyans and sports lovers to pray for him as he embarks on his 1:59 Challenge with INEOS, scheduled for later this year.
Kipchoge paid tribute to Kenyans for their love and patriotism.
He was speaking during a reception party hosted in his honor by Isuzu East Africa at a Nairobi Hotel.
He lauded the auto maker for the support which had encouraged him to conquer the world through the marathon.
“I am truly grateful for the support that the Isuzu family always gives me as I go about my career as an athlete,” said the world record holder.
“They are continuously providing me with a third leg, a true realization of their promise… Coupled with team work, hard work and dedication, I am always confident that I will deliver the victory.
“It is an honour to run for my country and it’s always a great feelingo bring victory back home. To the millions of fans who watched as raced on TV and to the millions who whispered a prayer of success, I say thank you for the support.”
Kipchoge, who is also the Isuzu D-Max Brand Ambassador, completed his victory in a course record of 2:2;37 seconds to set the second fastest time in history after his World Record win in Berlin last year.
“We celebrate your well-deserved win at the 2019 London Marathon. Your resilience,consistency, strength and technique proved incredibly inspiring and mirrored the very values by which our company abides,” said Rita, Isuzu East Africa MD.
“I am proud to say that this brand partnership has surpassed our expectations. Eliud Kipchoge is indeed the right choice and brand fit for our company.”
“Our slogan, Tuko Pamoja Safarini is apt in describing the journey we have had with Eliud. As Isuzu East Africa, we promise to walk with you as you progress to greater levels of accomplishments in your career.
“You can always count on us. As you take on the next big challenge – a second attempt to run under two hours later this year – we shall be there to support you achieve the historic feat.”
Receiving an appreciation gift from Isuzu EA, an elated Eliud Kipchoge thanked the company for supporting him and ensuring that he gives his best at any marathon he sets his eyes on.
The brand ambassador partnership is set to run for the next two years.