Defective shoes cost Kipchoge record in Berlin

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge shoe inlays get out of his shoes as he competes to win the 42nd Berlin Marathon on September 27, 2015. Eliud Kipchoge failed in his bid to set a third straight world record at the Berlin marathon on Sunday after winning in an unofficial time of two hours, 04.01 minutes. AFP PHOTO | JOHN MACDOUGALL

What you need to know:

  • On Monday, Jos Hermens, the head of Netherlands-based Global Sports Communications Company that manages Kipchoge, further disclosed that the Kenyan star already had problems with the “Nike Streak 6” shoes just one kilometre into Sunday’s race.
  • And speaking to Daily Nation Sport from Berlin on Monday, Kipchoge strongly defended Nike, describing the “Nike Streak 6” he jointly developed with the American manufacturer as “the best one Nike have ever had.”
  • Kipchoge said he had spent about one year with the Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike research and development team developing the “Nike Streak 6”, his preferred brand of marathon shoes.

Eliud Kipchoge and his management team believe defective shoes most certainly cost him the world marathon record in Berlin on Sunday, but are quick to absolve shoe manufacturers Nike from any blame.

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