Tech-enhanced sportsgear greatly improves performance — but it’s kinda unfair


When the Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours as part of the recent INEOS 1:59 Project Challenge, this was arguably one of the most significant achievements of athleticism since Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1954. But almost immediately afterward there was controversy, not toward the runner or the unofficial nature of his run (his record has no official status), but over his running shoes. The trainers in question were the AlphaFLY running shoes designed and manufactured by Nike. They are built around a carefully considered sole design…
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