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There's a 'new era of marathon running' thanks to performance-enhancing shoes

14 October 2019 5:05 PM
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Nike
Marathon
Footwear
Shoes
athletes
Eliud Kipchoge
Runners
Dr Ross Tucker
Sports Science
Brigid Kosgei
Is it all in the shoes? It's believed that pro athletes are able to run up to two minutes faster, thanks to developments in footwear.

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.

RELATED: Technological advancements played role in Kipchoge's marathon record - expert

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.

RELATED: Kipchoge's pacing squad all set as he gets ready to break two-hour marathon mark

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

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:


14 October 2019 5:05 PM
Tags:
Nike
Marathon
Footwear
Shoes
athletes
Eliud Kipchoge
Runners
Dr Ross Tucker
Sports Science
Brigid Kosgei

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