LONDON (Reuters) – World Athletics is set to announce the findings of a review of technology in road and track shoes by the end of January, and it is expected to change its rules in light of tumbling times recorded by athletes using Nike’s Vaporfly brand.
FILE PHOTO: Athletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women’s Marathon – Doha, Qatar – September 28, 2019 General view of Nike Vaporfly shoes during the race REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
Following are some facts on the shoe and how athletes using it are breaking records:
* The Zoom Vaporfly shoes first came to prominence in 2016 and were worn by the first three finishers in the Rio Olympic men’s marathon. Nike have developed various versions since.
* Eliud Kipchoge, wearing a prototype Nike AlphaFly, became the first man to break two hours for the marathon in Vienna last year, albeit in an unofficial race.
* The Kenyan also wore a version of the shoes when he set the official world record of 2:01.39. Kipchoge’s…
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