Laura Muir's Shoes May Put Her Record Mile At Risk
Laura Muir's record mile run in Birmingham last Saturday is "under scrutiny," with a leading sportswear manufacturer seeking clarification as to "whether her shoes comply with athletics rules," according to Lawton & Lambert of the London DAILY MAIL. The Scot "smashed" Kirsty Wade’s 31-year-old British indoor record wearing shoes that insiders at UK Athletics were advised were "Nike prototypes." Muir ran 4:18:75, the third-fastest indoor mile in history. The 25-year-old’s shoes, which appear to be based on the Nike marathon design Eliud Kipchoge was wearing when he set his "astonishing" world record in Berlin last year, are "vastly different from traditional racing spikes." One of Nike’s biggest rivals, which asked not to be identified, said that it intends to "consult lawyers with the purpose of drafting a letter to the IAAF asking for clarification." The IAAF said on Tuesday that there was "no evidence that the shoes do not conform to the rules," but the use of racing spikes that are not widely available "appears to be at odds" with regulations (DAILY MAIL, 2/19).