What better way to show your dominance over your competition as a brand of running shoes than to absolutely destroy not one but two long-standing world records? I guess that was exactly what Adidas thought of when they hosted their ADIDAS ADIZERO: ROAD TO RECORDS event just a few days ago.
Taking place in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the race saw athletes run a specially designed course around the Adidas World of Sport campus. All of the athletes wore the latest addition to the Adizero collection, the Adizero Takumi Sen 8, which is scheduled to launch worldwide on December 1, 2021, and was specially designed and built for short to medium distance speed.
Of course, you need more than the best running shoes Adidas has to offer to break working records, which is why Adidas has invited some of the biggest names in road running these days, including Agnes Jebet Tirop, Senbere Teferi, Rhonex Kipruto and Abel Kipchumba, to participate in the race.
It might have been unintentional (I doubt it) but the success of the Adizero Adios Pro 2 could also be seen as Adidas’ flex over Nike. The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% was known to be the fastest running shoe in history and the fact that the Adizero Adios Pro 2 broke a world running record means Nike needs to improve its game to come back. on the saddle.
Agnes and Senbere set new women’s world records in the 10k and 5k races respectively. Agnès set a new world record in the 10 km for women in 30:01, taking 28 seconds from the previous record, which had lasted 19 years! Senbere broke the only women’s 15-second 5k world record, clocking 14: 29s in the last race of the day.
Abel Kipchumba won the men’s half marathon with a personal best of 58m: 48s. Fellow Kenyan Brenda Jepleting topped the women’s half marathon crossing the finish line with a personal best of 1h: 06m: 52s.
The men’s 10km race saw world record holder Rhonex Kipruto set the third fastest time in history at 26m: 43s. In the men’s 5km, Kenyan Jacob Krop took a surprise victory over Muktar Edris, setting a personal best of 13:06.
Adidas Adizero Pro 2: record running shoes
The Adidas ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2 was announced this summer and features two layers of re-sculpted LIGHTSTRIKE PRO midsole – a revamped version of the midsole found in fan favorite Adidas SL20 running sneakers.
The Adizero Adios Pro 2 also features the carbon-based ENERGYRODS propulsion system, Adidas’ version of the carbon fiber plate that provides lightweight stiffness, now visible in the midsole. According to Adidas, carbon-infused ENERGYROODS are designed for a “more anatomical transition”, limiting energy loss.
The CELERMESH 2.0 upper has been optimized for speed with flexibility, breathability and support and just like most high performance Adidas running shoes the construction and fit are based on athlete data.
In addition, a Continental rubber outsole has been added at the tip of the toe to create a traction zone that allows for faster acceleration. A new lightweight heel construction keeps the foot firmly locked with a non-slip lock, while softening the heel structure for added comfort.
The Adidas ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2 is available on adidas.com, the Adidas app and through select business partners. The ADIZERO TAKUMI SEN 8 will be available worldwide from December 1, 2021.
You can browse the full Adidas Adizero collection currently available at Adidas UK and Adidas US.