Marathon world record holder and Olympic gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge hopes technology will take center stage as athletes strive for improvement and faster times in the future.
The Kenyan, who overcame the humid conditions in Tokyo earlier this month to take gold in the marathon, was among a multitude of runners who ran in specially designed Nike shoes with carbon fiber panels for more spring and faster times, which rekindled debate all about “technological doping”.
“If we don’t embrace the technology, we won’t move … I know there will be regulations, but the technology should be the focus,” said Kipchoge Reuters.
“Let all athletes have top technology, have top innovation. This is the only way you can think and try to improve your performance. “
Other athletes like Karsten Warholm, who won the Olympic 400 meter hurdles title in a world record time, criticize the rapid development of shoe technology.
“If someone does a great job now, everyone will ask if it is the shoe and that is the credibility problem,” said the Norwegian Reuters earlier this month.
Kipchoge’s footwear was instrumental in becoming the first man to run a marathon in less than two hours in 2019, a remarkable achievement that is now the subject of the new documentary “Kipchoge: The Last Milestone”.
The film tells how Kipchoge worked with scientists and a group of elite runners to run in Vienna two years ago in an unofficial world record time of one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, an achievement that many thought was impossible.
The 36-year-old said that his “no one is limited” message goes beyond sport as he seeks to inspire people from all walks of life.
“(This) is a big message that is not just for athletes. It’s everywhere, it touches every profession … my enduring legacy will consist entirely of inspiration, because I want that to flow into the minds of everyone in this world. “
Kipchoge added that he wasn’t thinking of retiring as he was motivated to chase titles from athletes who were competitive well into their 30s and even 40s.
“I take inspiration from a lot of people, the footballers, (Cristiano) Ronaldo is fine (at 36), (Lewis) Hamilton is still very keen on Formula 1, Valentino Rossi is 42 in MotoGP,” said Kipchoge.
“Right now I have to rest, start training in September and plan what happens next … Right now I’m enjoying what happened in Tokyo. So I mix calm and enjoy the medal. But all in all, there is still good news for the future. “