The team Mercedes de F1 has been a great protagonist of the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 thanks to the norwegian sprinter Karsten Warholm, who won gold in the 400 meters fences and at the same time, broke the world record of the specialty. Why?
It is that the German team, whose star driver is the English Lewis Hamilton, collaborated with Puma to design the footwear that Warholm used. It's about the model Puma Evospeed Tokyo Future Faster + that have threads of carbon fiber at the top and a carbon plate on the sole.
With those slippers, they weigh only 135 grams each, the Scandinavian was invincible in the Olympic competition that took place on Tuesday, August 3. He won it with a record time of 45s94 / 100 and it became the first man to drop 46 seconds.
This type of footwear is very different from Nike Zoom Maxfly what the american used Rai Benjamin, who got the silver after nailing 46s17 / 100.
While all footwear is approved by the World Athletics, the Nike model is in the eye of the storm for its characteristics that would undermine the spirit of sport.
They have a carbon fiber plate combined with a special and super reactive foam that is capable of offering an energy return of 85% in each step, which generates a sensation of propulsion. In addition, it provides cushioning without adding weight, which keeps it light.
After demonstrating the effectiveness of the model developed by Puma and Mercedes, Warholm harshly criticized Nike footwear. “If you put a trampoline there (in the shoes), I think it sucks. I think it takes away the credibility of our sport. I don't see why you should put something under a running shoe ”, Shooting.
And then he talked about the Puma product, which he also helped create. “What I can say about the shoes is that we are trying to make them as credible as possible. Yes, we have the carbon plate, but we have tried to make it as thin as possible because that is how I like to do it. Of course, the technology will always be there, but I also want to keep it at a level where we can compare the results. That is important", said.
Regardless of any controversy, Toto wolff, head of the team, assured that the collaboration with Puma has been a natural alignment. “Spikes should allow you to run fast and race cars should drive fast. In both designs, it all comes down to engineering so that the products offer the highest possible performance. "He said.
"We have harnessed our carbon fiber expertise and experience and helped create innovative spikes that have the same kind of complexity as a Formula 1 car, which has been an exciting challenge."added the team-manager.