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That’s not just a figure of speech. The world record holder from Kenya has won an unprecedented nine consecutive World Marathon Majors. Presumably, the fact that no human seems capable of challenging Kipchoge has Nike Air Max 90 Mujer prompted him to take another shot at going sub-two. As a reminder, two years ago, at a Nike-sponsored spectacle in Monza, Italy, Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 2:00:25. The upcoming attempt is slated to take place in the U.K. in late September or early October. This time, it will be sponsored by Jim Nike Air Vapormax Mujer Radcliffe, billionaire CEO of the chemical company Ineos. As in Monza, Kipchoge is expected to use a rotating team of pacers–a logistical benefit that would render the attempt ineligible for official record status. Not that Kipchoge seems to care.
“It’s not about the IAAF, it’s about history,” he told the Nike Roshe Run Damen Guardian in a reference to track and field’s governing body. “I really want to leave a big legacy.”
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At least that’s what we are meant to believe. As with Nike’s Breaking2 Project in 2017, it’s difficult to see how an event that radically changes the conditions under which standard marathons are run can lay claim to the marathon’s most coveted benchmark. (The Ineos 1:59 Challenge is billing itself as an attempt to achieve “the last Nike Air Max 720 Donne milestone in athletics.”To be fair, there’s always been a sense of subjectivity when weighing the significance of athletic achievement. In pro running, these debates have intensified in recent years with the advent of super shoes that allegedly Adidas Ultra Boost Femme confer an unprecedented performance benefit. That was one of the a priori fallacies of Breaking2 version one: Nike was trying to portray the initiative as proof that, to borrow the marketing lingo, “no human is limited,” while simultaneously claiming that they had invented a shoe that could make Nike Roshe Run Femme running fast four percent easier.
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