There's a 'new era of marathon running' thanks to performance-enhancing shoes
Sports scientist Dr Ross Tucker says performance-enhancing footwear has contributed to a new league of marathon running across the world.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge made history as the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours on Saturday in Vienna, Austria.
Fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon world record by more than a minute Sunday in winning the Chicago Marathon.
It's understood that both Kosgei and Kipchoge ran in the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%.
Dr Tucker says there are independent studies that show that the Nike shoes have a significant effect on physiology.
We're clearly in a new era of marathon running.Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa
I think most of it is coming from the shoes, to be honest. This new era of marathon running has been ushered in by shoes.Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Running is a sport where records matter.Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Kipchoge's [victory] is the most symbolic one... but it's a bit more difficult to contextualise in the context of marathon running.Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa
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