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This Shoe is destroying the sport of running?

The Revolution is shown in bright Yellow: The Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge storms in August 2016 in a conspicuous Shoe for the Marathon Olympic victory, as the silver and bronze winners, as well as the Top 3 of the women. As a Marketing roar of Nike you from doing the Canary bird representatives. It turns out to be the largest of misdiagnosis in the history of the running sports . For this prototype, the giant developed a model, which is the Foundation of the tradition threatens to destroy the sport.

How huge the dimensions, of a simple mind game show: A runner stands at the start line of a Marathon. Next to him, his clone is. The rotor carries the above-mentioned Nike model, the clone of a Shoe of a different brand. Even before the two make the first step, the winner: to the runner.

For more, even Nike independent studies and research data journalists now have shown: The Nike model improves running economy – the case of hobby runners by an average of about 4 percent, in the case of elite athletes to about 2. Means that runners can keep the Nike shoes in comparison with other longer at the same Tempo. This reduces the equality of opportunity in this Sport.

If 2:03 hours and 42.2 km are actually 2:06

we Take, in turn, Eliud Kipchoge as an example. His Marathon best time is in a conventional Nike Shoe 2:03:05 hours, achieved in 2016. With the miracle Shoe, he improved the world record to 2:01:39 (2018) and pulverized three weeks ago in a race under laboratory conditions, the 2-hour limit.

A run for the history books: Eliod Kipchoge runs in the Vienna Marathon in under the 2-hour limit. (Video: ORF)

He also comes thanks to the help of permanent Pacemakers, the donations to him the wind, the shade, after 1:59:40 to the finish. What distinguishes the Kipchoge in the year 2016 of the one in 2019? The primary two things.

firstly, Kipchoge was older, and he will soon be 34, performance jumps are not expected. Secondly, the super Shoe. Therefore, all known factors suggest that Kipchoge 2:required in a conventional model 03 hours for a Marathon – or, at most, a little less.

that's when the problems start. The Basis of running sports is its comparability. Up to now, you knew: Whoever comes to 2:03 hours to the finish, is one of the rare top-of-the-rounders. Now, however, you have to ask yourself: Is it really a 2:03 runner? Or is he more of a 2:06 runner, received the thanks of the Nike Shoe an artificial Boost?

Eliud Kipchoge is also likely to be without the help of the best marathon runners of history.

you have to provide, therefore, any result with an asterisk: ran in a Nike super Shoe? Or: run in another? For every Amateur runner, the answer is still to some extent without consequences. He can improve in the way I model, while easily his best time, to the detriment of anybody.

it's Different with the Elite. So far, the "freak of nature", i.e. the most Talented and best-won trained. Now no longer of nature, but of a single tool creates the main difference. Although I have to say, in the case of Eliud Kipchoge: He is also likely to be without the help of the best marathon runners of history.

As a result of the development of the other Shoe manufacturers have started hectic, the Nike throw to take apart and adapt it for your professionals. Prototypes of other manufacturers surfaced, even advanced models are available on the market.

CHF 350 paid for the hobby runner

The residue-but the other Shoe brands have not been able to compensate yet. This depends on the enormous advantage of Nike. Insiders claim that the Americans had worked eight years on the first super model and also all of the key building blocks patented.

From the shoes worn Eliud Kipchoge, contrary flies in Vienna the goal. In the Background, the pace-maker cheer. (Photo: Jed Leicester/Keystone)

Add to that: Why the Shoe makes such a fast, white is probably not even Nike. So the model – in its latest Version Vaporfly Next% called and is currently close to 350 Swiss francs, tax not so easy to rebuild. Especially since Kipchoge wore in his all-out assault in under 2 hours is already an improved Version.

Alpha Fly he was baptized, and next spring is likely to come on the market. Its predecessors go by the way selling like hotcakes, the margin is in comparison to conventional models, however, is small. Because the material multiple times costs are higher.

From the car bumper in the Shoe sole

Nike came out randomly, and under pressure to make their breakthrough. Adidas had built, thanks to a new plastic midsole the "fastest" marathon Shoe. Boost called him the German to be consistent. In him, Dennis Kimetto, 2014, for a world record.

the Topschuh 2014 looked. (Image: Adidas)

Nike's dispute of the industry discovered in this betting sizes a plastic that is extremely easy and very much more energy after the Compression returns as all previously used materials – the Boost included.

Pebax is the name of the Material, and is used by the automotive industry for bumpers. In the laboratory, Pebax 87 percent of the energy it can give to the foot placement back. Plastics other running Shoe brands, bring it to a maximum of 70. The Innovation helped Nike to build his shoes brand new and a lot of Pebax clean grab, to make it more difficult without the Shoe solid. Comparing the prototypes of Kipchoge of 2019, with the world record Shoe Kimetto (see pictures), the difference in construction is immediately obvious.

The rules, which of the world-leading Association of athletics federations IAAF to date on the topic of footwear, are toothless

And here is the Nike critics, who find that the group worked well and is now a danger for the running sport. Because the rules of the world-leading Association of athletics federations (IAAF) yet on the topic of footwear, are toothless. They say merely: shoes may offer an athlete any unfair help and him no advantage. In addition, The Shoe must be as many available.

the IAAF had to deal with a similar case. In the 1950s, the Russians developed a high-jump Shoe with a very high sole, resulting in a trampoline effect. The IAAF regulated the sole height, the Problem was solved.

though the controversy could now fix: The IAAF determines how high a running Shoe from the sole up to the end of the middle sole. The lower the altitude, the more difficult it is for the manufacturer, a lot of technology into a grab.

fatal, Wait for the rule Keeper

With this approach, the IAAF, at least in some experimental game room and didn't have to scan every running Shoe to a Competition, to be able to be inside fathom. A simple measuring tape was enough to set height of say 25 mm to measure. Kipchoges prototype comes in the heel area of 51 mm.

so Far, however, the signals of the IAAF are to interpret. Experts would deal with the shoes for some time, says the Association is nebulous. But the Problem is getting more serious. The keepers would indeed be to conclude, to act, ask yourself: Would deleted all results with the revolutionary shoes or suddenly two best times of the led? A Nike model and is one of the Post-Nike Era? It is obvious, therefore, that We find ourselves in a new Era of running sports, the not aimed at once Nike so.


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Created: 03.11.2019, 08:13 PM

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