- According to Asics, Sara Hall, who finished second in the women's elite race at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, was wearing a 'development shoe'.
- Hall finished second with a time of 2:22:01.
As Sara Hall sprinted down The Mall in one of the most spectacular finishes we've ever seen, all eyes were on the US runner. Yet since she crossed the line, there's been a lot of chatter about the shoes on her feet.
The Asics athlete appeared to be wearing a shoe that looked similar to the Asics Metaracer, but with more midsole cushioning. When we reached out to Asics for comment, they told us, 'Sarah was running in a development shoe which is one of many shoes in testing by athletes as part of ASICS’ ongoing R&D program.'
In an update to their new rulings on shoes in July, World Athletics said, 'Approved shoes to be made available prior to an international competition for distribution to any uncontracted elite athlete via an Athletic Shoe Availability Scheme.' This does not mean that shoes have to be available to the public to be worn in competition.
Hall's agent also added to the conversation, confirming that her shoes were legal, writing on Twitter 'For the sake of Sara's integrity, for that of the London Marathon organizers, and the team at ASICS I will say that all ASICS' shoes used in competition meet World Athletics' specifications.
'Sara's shoes were submitted and approved by World Athletics earlier this week. As is WMM policy, the shoes of the top-three finishers were collected for examination by World Athletics. Today, we celebrate Sara's personal best and runner-up finish at the London Marathon.'
FYI, I reached out to Sara Hall’s agent Josh Cox to ask what shoes she was wearing in London today (as I saw some questions on this subject). Here was his response: pic.twitter.com/NMYaG5snJp— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) October 4, 2020
Whether we'll see Hall's shoes on sale anytime soon remains to be seen, but for now, lets get back to celebrating her amazing finish.
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