Jemma Reekie’s record breaking of 800 meters shows that she can challenge on the world stage … but she has to address doubts about Nike shoes, despite her team that denies that they contain illegal carbon plates
- Jemma Reekie ran the fastest indoor 800 meter time in 14 years 10 days ago
- Reekie’s time would have seen her win gold at the Doha World Championships
- Critics believe that Reekie’s shock times have to do with her new Nike running shoes
The elephant stays in the room and rounds up with incredible speed. It is two weeks ago that Jemma Reekie received more attention with an amazing performance and it is a constant peculiarity that she is not allowed to talk about the obvious.
When she was asked by Sportsmail yesterday about the spiky issue of her spikes, the question was closed. Indeed, those attending her press conference prior to today’s Muller Indoor Grand Prix were told in advance by PR handlers that no one would be allowed under threat of cancellation by her coach.
And that’s a shame, because as long as the question of shoes remains unanswered, there will be skeptics who doubt how much of Reekie’s amazing and sudden rise has to do with her legs, mind and lungs, and how much is owed to the Nikes prototype on her feet. Her team is certain that they do not contain the carbon plates that have recently become shameful, but it would be helpful if she was allowed to express her own opinion.
Jemma Reekie’s record-breaking 800m run has sparked the debate about her Nike running shoes
The Reekie team insists that its shoes do not contain carbon footplates that are prohibited
Reekie is not allowed to talk about controversy about shoes – but it is important that she talks
What is beyond doubt is that she is a great talent riding a breakthrough.
She will contest the 1500 meters at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow for fourteen days after breaking the 10-year British indoor 800 meter record on the circuit – she has clocked the fastest time in the world for 14 years – and a week after breaking both Laura Muir’s indoor 1500m and miles records in the same race.
By beating Muir in that 800m race, with both women in similar footwear, she underlined her references early in an Olympic year.
It is an irritation that is typical of the wider sport that Andy Young’s training partners will not be let loose today – despite the desire of the organizers – because Muir will instead pursue the 21-year world record of Maria Mutola in the 1,000 m .
Asked if they will now avoid racing each other in the way of Seb Coe and Steve Ovett, whose meetings were mainly confined to major events, Muir said: “We both walk the 800 and 1500 m and we both run at the same times – its not gonna avoid it. “