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Topic Reading-Vol.2863-2/12/2020

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2020/02/12 Topic Reading-Vol.2863-2/12/2020

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Nike’s controversial shoe will be commercially available this year

The Nike ZoomX VaporflyNEXT% is evolutionary competitive running shoes. A full-length, carbon fiber plate underfoot provides a propulsive sensation to help the runner push the pace. The lightweight VaporWeave material is strong and water-resistant. The midsole material in the forefoot delivers exceptional energy return. By combining these technologies and materials, the shoes seem to provide a competitive edge, as much as a 4% boost in the running economy. In fact, the shoes helped a Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge run a marathon distance within two hours at a special event in Vienna, Austria last October.

As the 2020 Olympic Games are looming on the international sporting calendar, there have been serious arguments as to whether such high-tech thick-soled running shoes could be worn by athletes. How much technologies can contribute to human capabilities? World Athletics approved Nike’s particular shoe product but banned any shoes with soles thicker than 40mm or with more than one plate to enhance their spring. Why 40, not 30 or 50?

Soon, you may see a lot of runners who look 4-centimeter taller than usual on the track or road.

Enjoy reading the article and learn about the breakthrough running shoes that have broken a few world records.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/06/sport/nike-alphafly-shoe-running-spt-intl/index.html

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