This is Coffee With Larry.
Today is Friday, October 13, 2023.
Coffee with Larry is our almost daily podcast on all things running. We post on FB, X (formerly Twitter) and on RunBlogRun.com.
Our topics today:
Dina Asher-Smith, 2019 WC 200m gold medalist and European medalist (multiple times) has changed coaches. She was with John Blackie since she was 8. After 19 years, Dina will be moving to Austin, Texas, to be coached by Edrick Floreal.
Dina Asher-Smith, photo by Getty Images for British Athletics
Kenenisa Bekele, the former WR holder at 5000m and 10,000m, World Champion, and Olympic champion, has moved from Nike to Anta, the Chinese sports manufacturer.
Kenenisa Bekele, 2022 London Marathon by London Marathon
We have received an update on Super shoes from Maggie Durand at World Athletics:
The Nike Dev 163 worn by Mr. Kiptum is on our Approved Shoe List as a Development Shoe, to be worn from 04/12/2022 to 03/12/2023..
Development Shoes are not required to be made Available for Purchase (Regulation 8.3.1).
It is up to the manufacturers to decide whether (and if so when) to produce a Development Shoe’s final version and bring it to the market as a New Shoe. But if they do, it again requires an approval from us (Point 5.2 of Appendix 2 to the Athletic Shoe Regulations)
According to several press articles (see e.g. this article), it seems that Nike plans to release the current Development Shoe (Nike Dev 163) as a New Shoe under the name “Alphafly 3” in early 2024.
As of yet, World Athletics has not yet received any application from Nike for a New Shoe called “Alphafly 3”. However, they actually still have time to apply for it if they want this shoe to be on the Approved Shoe List in 2024.
There is no Regulation in place prohibiting a manufacturer from advertising an upcoming release even before they have applied for an approval – their marketing activities are independent from our approval process (the only requirement is that a New Shoe must be Available for Purchase no later than one month prior to the first competition where this New Shoe is then worn (Regulation 13.2))
World Athletics’ shoe regulations and other FAQs and supporting documents here: https://worldathletics.org/about-iaaf/documents/technical-information
Have a great day!