We must reset all records for this super-shoe era, says British distance running great and Olympian Tim Hutchings – The Times

We must reset all records for this super-shoe era, says British distance running great and Olympian Tim Hutchings  The Times

ATHLETICS

Matt Lawton, Chief Sports Correspondent

The Times

Chepngetich celebrates after she smashed the women’s half marathon world record with a time of 1:04:02, in Istanbul

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Athletics should keep two sets of world records because super-shoe technology means it is no longer fair to compare current times with previous landmarks, one of Britain’s greatest distance runners has said.

Tim Hutchings, Britain’s most successful male cross country athlete and now a commentator on athletics, says World Athletics must take steps to protect existing world records from times recorded by athletes benefiting from a range of distance-running shoes that are fitted with carbon-fibre plates and highly-responsive foam, and have seen athletes beat personal bests by huge margins.

Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich took an astonishing 29 seconds off the women’s half-marathon world record in Istanbul on Sunday with a time of 64.02 minutes, while British triathlete Beth Potter surprised even herself by running two seconds