Following a record-breaking marathon by Eliud Kipchoge, Nike is coming under fire for the shoes that he used!
On Saturday, we reported that Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya had broken a world record running a marathon in two hours. But now Nike is coming under fire for the record-breaking run.
Kipchoge was running the marathon for a campaign known as Breaking2. During this run, Kipchoge wore a new pair of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoes to give his input on the performance of the sneaker.
According to The Times, there are several professional runners who are saying that the shoe featured technology to help him break this record! This concern revolves specifically around the use of what’s being described as spring-like carbon fiber plates within the midsoles.
“They think the shoes are maybe allowing elite athletes to run two minutes quicker in the marathon. Understandably they are troubled by what is happening in their sport because the times being run are so fast. Even older runners are taking huge chunks off their best times,” Former Italian marathon champion Gianni Demadonna said.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) were made aware of these complaints, and referred back to their official rules which state;
“the purpose of shoes for competition is to give protection and stability to the feet and a firm grip on the ground” and that they “must not be constructed so as to give athletes any unfair assistance or advantage.”
As far as a statement from the IAAF, they said;
“Recent advances in technology mean that the concept of ‘assistance’ to athletes has been the subject of much debate in the athletics world. The IAAF has established a working group to consider the issues.”
Take a look at the video breaking it all down below!