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‘In Formula One, Pirelli issues the tyres to all the cars but Mercedes are the best one… Why? It’s the engine. It’s the person’: Eliud Kipchoge insists controversial two-hour marathon trainers are FAIR despite plans to ban them due to foam and carbon fibre sole-plate

  • Eliud Kipchoge has defended the controversial Nike Vaporfly running shoes
  • He ran an unofficial sub-two-hour marathon in the Nike shoes in Vienna last year
  • Brigid Kosgei smashed Paula Radcliffe’s marathon record in the Nike trainers
  • Kipchoge claims the sport should get on board with the technological advances

Eliud Kipchoge remains defiant that the controversial Nike shoes that he ran his sub-two-hour marathon in are ‘fair’, claiming the sport should get on board with technological advances. 

Nike’s range of Vaporfly shoes are under intense review from a panel of experts at World Athletics after they sparked the biggest mass drop in road race running times in history.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashed Paula Redcliffe’s marathon record in Chicago, recording a time of 2hr 14min 4sec while wearing the Nike Vaporfly – which are set to be banned.

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the finish line in under two hours in Vienna last year

It is also understood shoes which sources at World Athletics believe to be a hybrid of the Vaporfly — and in which Kipchoge ran an unofficial sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna last year — will also be outlawed.  

The contentious issue is the foam and carbon-fibre composition of the sole, which acts like a spring to help runners get the most forward push from each stride.

A technical body looking into the Nike shoes are set to deliver their findings at the end of this month.

But on Wednesday, Kipchoge has since defended the trainers by claiming  there is no need for greater regulation as marathon times are down to the actual athlete running the race.

‘They are fair,’ the Kenyan told the Telegraph. ‘I trained hard. Technology is growing and we can’t deny it – we must go with technology.

‘In Formula 1, Pirelli issues the tyres to all the cars but Mercedes are the best one. Why? It’s the engine. It’s the person.

‘So for those that are against the shoe, it’s the person who is running, not the shoe. It’s the person driving, not the person making the tyres.’

A moratorium is being considered by World Athletics, which may see records stand despite likely bans for the shoes. 

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