Ethiopian runner Derar Huris lost his victory in the Vienna Marathon due to irregular shoes.
He was disqualified after the race because the sole of his marathons was 50 millimeters thick, ten more than the rules allow. The victory associated with the bonus of 15,000 euros fell to Kenyan Leonard Langat, who finished in 2:09:25 three seconds behind Hurisa.
“This is the world premiere that we would like to forgive. There is a new rule that sets the maximum possible height of the sole,” APA quoted race director Hannes Langer as saying. Hurisa rejoiced at the victory for less than an hour.
Last winter, athletic officials revised the rules on permitted footwear based on analyzes that Nike’s Vaporfly and Alphafly models give endurance players an advantage over runners in other shoes. According to the rules, the sole of road shoes can be a maximum of 40 millimeters thick and can contain only one rigid plate.
The first large city marathon since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic took place in Vienna. About 25,000 runners entered the main race and accompanying weekend runs. All participants, including those vaccinated, had to have a negative covid-19 test before the start.
At the end of the half marathon, a 40-year-old Austrian runner collapsed and died after being transported to the hospital.