Thursday 29 July 2021
How fast will the Olympics be?
F1 tech sets 10,000m record
Even information from Formula 1 is used, as world records collapse in the athletics world with new high-tech spikes. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegi is planning the next extraordinary performance at the Olympic Games. Thanks for a little catapult.
Joshua Cheptgee can’t wait. After all, the world champion, the world record holder, “wants to change his game as Michael Jordan and Cristiano Ronaldo did”. And when the athletes begin in Tokyo on Friday, the Ugandan runner will be given the next stage in the 10,000m final.
In the eagerly awaited appearance, Cheptegee will once again wear a molded hi-tech product, with the new spikes said to have real miraculous powers. For the Olympics in technology country Japan, engineers from all equipment suppliers have delivered, using only select materials.
The spikes – like running shoes in marathons – are now equipped with a carbon plate and/or a unique foam. As a result, the shoe absorbs the runner’s energy—and re-releases it. It produces a small slingshot effect with each step. And the world record and personal best are downright faltering.
For some “technical doping”
A German company is also working with Formula 1 world championship team Mercedes, which is taken to its feet by gold candidates Carsten Warholm (world record holder in the 400 m hurdles) and Armand Duplantis (pole vault world record holder). Is. The new spikes are quite controversial and are regarded by some as “technical doping”. However, they are approved by the World Athletics Federation under certain parameters.
“It’s great that my spikes have carbon fiber, which is also used in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 car,” said Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse, who is third in the 100m world championship. Sifan Hasan doesn’t know why everyone suddenly “goes crazy” because of the new spikes. The world is evolving, and everyone keeps getting a “new cell phone”, said the 1500 and 10,000-meter world champion from the Netherlands: “Should we walk on the ashes again?”
With similar spikes on their feet, Hassan and Ethiopian Letesenbet Gidi fought an insane world record duel over the 10,000 meters in June, just 50 hours after Hassan’s record, Gidi was five seconds faster (29:01.03 minutes).
Athletes, including Amanal Petros, are also getting faster and faster on the road thanks to improved technology. “The difference is bigger than the earlier models. The impression is much more intense now, you literally jump,” the German record holder in the marathon said last time: “It makes for a much better overall feeling of running, and the shoes also have one on them. positive influence motivation.”
Along with his compatriot Jacob Kiplimo and Ethiopia’s Yomif Kjelcha, Chepteghi will first make the rounds in the grand finale – with new miracle spikes at his feet. “We are no longer living in the 90s,” he said: “We have to accept new innovations.”
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