Athletics: Monza to host sub two-hour marathon bid

The Formula One logo pictured during the second practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza ahead of the 2016 Italian Formula One Grand Prix.
The Formula One logo pictured during the second practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza ahead of the 2016 Italian Formula One Grand Prix.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Italian Formula One race track Monza will host an audacious attempt to run the first ever sub-two-hour marathon, organisers announced on Tuesday.

Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, Ethiopia's Leslisa Desisa and Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese will spearhead the bid to shave almost three minutes off the current world record.

Unlike a conventional city marathon course, Monza has been specially selected to optimise a number of factors such as climate, terrain, elevation above sea level and surface. Competitors will run 17 laps of the 2.4km course.

The world record currently stands at 2 hours, 2 minutes 57 seconds, set by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.