Aussie monitor glamour woman Michelle Jenneke breaks her silence on high-tech shoe controversy that noticed athletics legend Michael Johnson accused of ‘black racism’
- Jenneke and plenty of hurdlers recorded private bests at World Championships
- Winner of the 100m hurdles shattered the world report sporting high-tech footwear
- Raft of very fast instances led Michael Johnson to query their legitimacy
- Olympics legend was branded a ‘black racist’ and sledged over his stroke
Hurdler Michelle Jenneke has had her say on the most important controversy on the current World Athletics Championships, the place questions concerning the legitimacy of her rival’s win had been raised due to her high-tech footwear.
The Aussie was surprised when she recorded a private finest time within the 100m hurdles in Oregon final month, and the athletics world was much more shocked when Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan broke the world report whereas sporting Adidas Adizero Avanti footwear, that are made to be used by long-distance runners.
Although utilizing them shouldn’t be unlawful, the footwear has been beneath scrutiny as a result of it is designed to offer runners a lift with the usage of extraordinarily bouncy foam, with a number of different hurdlers sporting them.
Amusan shattered the report and 12 of the 24 athletes within the 100m hurdles semi finals on the championships recorded private bests, main legendary 200m runner turned commentator Michael Johnson to say the instances had been incorrect.
Jenneke – seen right here performing her well-known pre-race dance eventually month’s World Athletics Championships – has weighed in on the occasion’s largest controversy
The Aussie resurrected her profession with a private finest in Oregon – and 11 of her rivals within the 100m hurdles additionally beat their quickest instances, setting off alarm bells for some
He was accused of being a ‘black racist’ and even sledged over the stroke he suffered in 2018.
Jenneke stated she believes the furore is a beat-up as she prepares to race within the Commonwealth Games on Friday evening.
‘I ran fairly a PB (private finest) in that race and ran in the identical footwear that I’ve been working in for the final 5 years,’ she stated.
‘I do know I am unable to attribute my PB to the footwear as a result of it is the identical shoe, the identical mannequin of shoe.
The winner of the occasion, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (pictured hugging Jenneke) broke the world report whereas sporting Adidas Adizero Avanti footwear, that are designed for long-distance runners and have come beneath scrutiny for giving opponents an unfair benefit
Track legend turned commentator Michael Johnson (pictured) was known as a ‘black racist’ for questioning whether or not the instances within the occasion had been respectable
‘I’ve tried among the newer spikes that they’ve popping out, the know-how is wonderful, and I’m positive individuals are sooner however on the similar time if you happen to return 10, 20 years, have a look at the footwear individuals had been sporting, they had been fully completely different to what we had been sporting 5 years in the past.
‘I do not assume we’re seeing something that’s inflicting that a lot of a change that it must be questioned.’
Jenneke added that she’s assured athletics’ governing physique is checking the footwear and staying on prime of the scenario.
Her time of 12.66 on the World Championships got here after she was sidelined for 3 years with critical again and ankle accidents that might have ended her profession.
After changing into world well-known because of her ‘jiggling Jenneke’ pre-race dance on the 2012 World Junior Championships went viral, she stated representing her nation as soon as extra in Oregon was ‘truthfully fairly unbelievable’.
Her return to type has made her an outdoor probability of successful a medal in Birmingham, the place she has stated she’ll roll out the well-known dance as soon as once more.