This is very interesting, and please understand that we are in no way assuming guilt by association – This is simply a thought experiment and we invite discussion.
Mathew Kosgei, is half way through a 4 year ban by the anti doping agency of Kenya. He is the husband of women’s World Marathon record holder, Brigid Kosgei.
Brigid Kosgei pulverised Paula Radcliffe’s world women’s marathon record in October, and it was widely reported her Nike Next % shoes played a large role in this feat.
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2.14 has a special place in our hearts; not only is 2:14:04 the new world record time that Brigid Kosgei ran at the 2019 event, but by adding our men’s record time of 2:03:45 (➡️ swipe to see Dennis Kimetto setting that record in 2013), the @BankofAmerica #ChicagoMarathon is now the fastest marathon course in the world! #MyChicagoMarathon
This leads into a very interesting hypothetical I had during my discussion with Sports Scientist Alex Hutchinson, soon to be heard in an upcoming, yet to be released Bartold Clinical Shoephoria Podcast
In it we discuss the notion that some of the vast improvements we have seen with the shoe, may not be due to the shoes at all, but they provide a very convenient excuse.
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