Michelle Jenneke is ready to get out of the shoe hoopla that’s been swirling the past few weeks, but the court of public opinion doesn’t seem ready to move on just yet.
Jenneke set a career-saving personal best time at the World Championships in Oregon last month in an event that raised eyebrows in track and field.
Tobi Amsan of Nigeria broke the world record in the women’s 100m hurdles at the Oregon Games. The fact that she accomplished wearing her new shoes cannot be overlooked.
Jenneke set a new personal best of 12.66 wearing traditional track spikes, while Amusan set a lightning-fast time wearing Adidas Adizero Avanti shoes designed for runners competing in 5-10km races. did.
Jenneke’s time was not enough for her to reach the final as Amusan improved her personal best by about 0.3 seconds and set a new world record with 12.12. She also posted a 12.06 in the final, but she was out of her record because of her wind assist time.
Times were so fast in Oregon that sprinting icon Michael Johnson thought the timing system was broken.
“I don’t think 100 is right,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Every athlete looked shocked.”
From an Australian perspective, it’s safe to know that Jenneke’s comeback is all about her performance.
Amusan criticized speculation surrounding her record and said she changed shoes because of a persistent heel condition.
“My abilities are not focused on spikes,” she said.
“I had patellar fasciitis at the beginning of the season, so I was put back for a while. I’ve been using these basically the whole time because I feel comfortable with them.”
Adidas initially advertised the product as a shoe that “provides an agile, propulsive ride with high traction and reduces fatigue so you can kick through 5km and 10km races.”
Jenneke said the discussion of shoe technology was taken out of context before her program began on Friday night (AEST).
She’s more focused on her own performance — and that sweet personal best she set in Oregon made her the second fastest women’s 100m hurdler Australia has ever produced, behind only Sally Pearson. became.
“It was unbelievable. I still can’t believe I was able to run that fast,” she said.
“I look back at the race footage over and over and think, ‘Oh my God, did I actually do that?'”
when talking to reporters She continued:
“I can’t attribute the PB to the shoe because it’s the same shoe, same model shoe. I tried some of the new spikes they came out with and the tech is great. I’m sure people are faster But if you go back 10, 20 years and look at the shoes people were wearing, it’s nothing like it was 5 years ago.Technology has evolved forever.
“I don’t think we’re seeing anything that’s causing big enough changes to warrant questioning.
“World Athletics are constantly reviewing this and they have a shoe compliance list that they should check.
Her return to form makes her an outside medal threat at Birmingham.
she also promises Producer Her trademark pre-race jiggle routine.
The 29-year-old went viral for her pre-race shake at the 2012 World Junior Championships, ultimately making her one of the most high-profile stars of the 2016 Rio Olympics. her performance on the track.
Jenneke was once a household name that gained worldwide attention and won major endorsement contracts from some of the world’s largest companies. She was sponsored by Coca-Cola at the Rio Games and her face was plastered on billboards in Brazilian cities.
but she coped harsh criticism of the disappointing results in those competitionsfinished sixth in her 100m hurdles heat.
Craig Hilliard, an Australian track and field coach at the time, blamed Jeneke for arriving at Rio unwell, and distractions away from the track were not the cause of her slump. I questioned. Athletics Australia then cut her funding.
She rebounded with a strong performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, narrowly missing out on the bronze medal.
After four injury-plagued years, Jenneke hopes Australia will fall in love with her again in Birmingham.
first published as ‘Unbelievable’: Australian star caught in Commonwealth Games shoe storm
Commonwealth Games 2022: Michelle Jenneke Hurdle Results, Schedule, Shoe Storm After World Championships
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