29 Sep '15, 12am

What caused Eliud Kipchoge's shoe malfunction in Berlin?

After crossing the finish line 81 seconds ahead of the runner-up, Kipchoge said that the insoles started coming loose during the first mile. By 10K, when the leaders were ahead of world-record pace, the insides of both shoes were visible, though they never completely fell out. “There are blisters on the left foot and my big toe is cut, with lots of blood,” Kipchoge said, after the race. Jos Hermens, Kipchoge’s agent, wrote in an email that Kipchoge ran in similar shoes at the London Marathon last spring, but the model he used in Berlin was slightly modified. He didn’t take the insoles out when they started causing problems because he didn’t want to disturb his rhythm and focus. “He tested them before and the test was very positive,” Hermens said. “The problem was that the insoles were not glued good enough and therefore unfortunately and completely surprisingly let go.” Mo...

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