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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs during his successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna in October wearing the Nike alphaFLY, the latest evolution in its Vaporfly series. Photo: Reuters

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs during his successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna in October wearing the Nike alphaFLY, the latest evolution in its Vaporfly series. Photo: Reuters

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs during his successful attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna in October wearing the Nike alphaFLY, the latest evolution in its Vaporfly series. Photo: Reuters

Controversial running shoes developed by Nike to enable the first ever sub two-hour marathon could be declared illegal in the coming months, with World Athletics set to introduce a rule that limits the thickness of a shoe's midsole.

In October Eliud Kipchoge ran a 1hr 59mins 40secs marathon in Vienna - a time ineligible for record purposes due to the use of rotating pacemakers - but the prototype shoes he wore sparked much controversy.


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