Marathon world record holder and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge hopes technology will take a “center stage” as athletes strive to improve and run faster in the future.
The Kenyan, who overcame wet conditions in Tokyo earlier this month to win gold in the marathon, was among a crowd of runners who ran in specially designed Nike shoes fitted with carbon fiber plates for more springs and faster times, once again reviving a debate around “technological doping”.
“If we don’t embrace technology, we don’t move forward… I know the regulation will be there, but technology should take center stage,” Kipchoge said. Reuters.
“May all athletes have cutting-edge technology, cutting-edge innovation. It’s the only way to actually think and try to improve your performance.
Other athletes such as Karsten Warholm, who won the Olympic title in the 400-meter hurdles in a world record time, have criticized the rapid development of shoe technology.
“When someone is doing a good performance now, everyone will be wondering if it’s the shoe, and that’s the credibility issue,” said the Norwegian. Reuters earlier this month.
Kipchoge’s shoes played a big part in becoming the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours in 2019, a remarkable feat that is now the subject of a new documentary, “Kipchoge: The Last Milestone”.
The film chronicles how Kipchoge worked with scientists and a group of elite runners to run in an unofficial world record of one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in Vienna two years ago, an achievement many thought was impossible. .
The 36-year-old said his ‘no human is limited’ message extends beyond sports as he seeks to inspire people from all walks of life.
“(This) is a huge message, which is not really addressed to athletes and sportswomen alone. It’s all around, it touches every profession … my lasting legacy will be purely a matter of inspiration because that’s what I want to drive into the minds of every human being in this world.
Kipchoge added that retirement was not on his mind as he was motivated to continue chasing titles from athletes who were still competitive until their 30s and even 40s.
“I’m inspired by a lot of people, footballers, (Cristiano) Ronaldo is doing well (at 36), (Lewis) Hamilton is still very sharp when it comes to Formula 1, Valentino Rossi rides MotoGP at 42,” , said Kipchoge.
“For now, I have to rest, resume training in September and plan for the rest … I appreciate what has happened in Tokyo so far. So I mix rest and pleasure of the medal. But overall, there are still good things in the future.