‘The shoe is good and they accepted the tech patent’: Eliud Kipchoge defends his controversial Nike shoes for the London Marathon
- The Kenyan has confirmed he will be competing in the Alphafly Next% shoe
- He wore the same shoe when he became the first athlete to break two hours
- Footwear should be deemed to comply with World Athletics rules
Eliud Kipchoge is adamant Nike’s revolutionary marathon shoe is not a violation of the spirit of sport ahead of Sunday’s London Marathon.
The Kenyan confirmed on Wednesday that he will be competing in the same Alphafly Next% shoe he wore when he became the first athlete to break two hours in Vienna last October.
While the shoes should be deemed to comply with World Athletics rules regarding sole thickness and carbon plates, there is a question of the ethics of trainers who improve running economy by about five to eight for hundred.
Eliud Kipchoge is adamant: Nike’s marathon shoe is not a violation of the spirit of sport
But Kipchoge said: “We live in the 21st century, where firstly we have to accept change and secondly development goes hand in hand with technology.
“The shoe is good and they accepted the technology patent.”
With Kipchoge serving as the talking billboard, his main rival on Sunday, Kenenisa Bekele, sent a message saying he will wear the old Nike Vaporfly because the new shoe caused him “minor injuries”.