Controversial hybrid Nike shoes should be banned by World Athletics


Controversial Nike Vaporfly shoes should be BANNED by World Athletics after a study is expected to prove they boost performance to unacceptable levels

  • Some variations of Nike Hybrid sneakers should be banned
  • World Athletics commissioned a panel of experts to review the shoes
  • The study should show that the shoes significantly improve performance
  • Eliud Kipchoge wore a prototype to run a marathon under two hours in Vienna

Controversial hybrid Nike shoes used to break world records should be banned pending further research.

As reported by Sportsmail earlier this month, some variants of the Vaporfly will likely be banned by World Athletics.

The governing body has commissioned a group of experts to review the products and the results of their studies are expected on Friday.

Variants of Nike Vaporfly sneakers should be banned by World Athletics

The shoes used by Brigid Kosgei to smash Paula Radcliffe’s world marathon record last year are likely to be among those banned.

However, the Kenyan’s Chicago time of 2:14:4 is expected to hold. The Nike range has been a hit with amateur and professional runners around the world. They have super thick soles incorporating carbon plates that act like springs.

Kosgei’s Kenyan compatriot Eliud Kipchoge wore another prototype to run an unofficial sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna last October.

Concerns have been raised that the shoes improve performance to unacceptable levels.



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