There's a 'new era of marathon running' thanks to performance-enhancing shoes


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Sports scientist Dr Ross Tucker says performance-enhancing footwear has contributed to a new league of marathon running across the world.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge made history as the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours on Saturday in Vienna, Austria.

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Fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon world record by more than a minute Sunday in winning the Chicago Marathon.

It's understood that both Kosgei and Kipchoge ran in the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%.

Dr Tucker says there are independent studies that show that the Nike shoes have a significant effect on physiology.

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We're clearly in a new era of marathon running.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa

I think most of it is coming from the shoes, to be honest. This new era of marathon running has been ushered in by shoes.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Running is a sport where records matter.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Kipchoge's [victory] is the most symbolic one... but it's a bit more difficult to contextualise in the context of marathon running.

Dr Ross Tucker, Sports scientist - Sports Science Institute of South Africa

Listen to the discussion on Afternoon Drive with John Maytham:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : There's a 'new era of marathon running' thanks to performance-enhancing shoes

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