Nike s rivals play catch-up in marathon shoe wars

When Eliud Kipchoge made history by beating the two-hour mark for the marathon, the Kenyan was wearing a pair of controversial Nike running shoes that has sent rival companies scrambling to play catch-up in a business worth billions of dollars......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMay 9th, 2020Related News

Poligrates, Banal look forward to MPBL stints

Former PBA D-League MVPs Eloy Poligrates and Gab Banal can’t wait to prove their worth with their new teams in the next Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Season......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsApr 1st, 2020Related News

Poligrates eager to join Rizal-Xentro Mall

There is definitely no shortage of motivation for Eloy Poligrates as he joins Rizal-Xentro Mall for the fourth season of the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsMar 29th, 2020Related News

MPBL: Rizal signs up Cebuano scorer Eloy Poligrates

Rizal-Xentro Mall looks to bounce back after a disappointing sophomore campaign during the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season. To begin their rebuild, the Golden Coolers, who ended with a 7-22 slate last season, signed known Cebuano scorer Eloy Poligrates for the fourth season of the league. "No one wants to end last on the rank of course, so after meeting with the owners, we all agreed that we have to build a more competitive squad," said Rizal-Xentro Mall team manager Anj Anzores. "So signing Eloy, is really a big step especially all teams are rebuilding. Getting him early is an advantage, at least we already secured a guy that we know will be of great help." Rizal-Xentro Mall knows what it is getting from the enigmatic 6-foot guard. Coming off a turbulent time with Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol that saw him play just six games, Poligrates decided to play in the PBA D-League for Marinerong Pilipino. During the Aspirants' Cup, Poligrates went on to average 21.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, leading the Skippers to a second place finish. Poligrates went on to sign with Val City but played just four games there. Besides Poligrates, Rizal also signed 2019 NAASCU Rookie of the Year Nikko Panganiban. Panganiban, a 20-year-old guard out of Our Lady of Fatima University, averaged 18.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game during the 2019 season of NAASCU. Big man Mark Benitez, who averaged 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds during the Lakan Season, also signed a two-year extension with the Golden Coolers. "We are talking to several collegiate and NBL players as well that we can't name pa because they are still awaiting approval from their mother teams," Anzores said. Rizal-Xentro Mall though will have a new head coach as JV Gayoso will not return for the fourth season of the Chooks-to-Go-backed league......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 22nd, 2020Related News

Poligrates brings scoring act to MPBL

Journeyman Eloy Poligrates once again embarks on a new beginning after signing with Rizal-Xentro Mall for the next Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Season......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMar 21st, 2020Related News

A step ahead? Nike s Vaporfly shoe changing marathon game

By PAT GRAHAM and ALEXANDRA OLSON Associated Press To pick the favorites in this year's Olympic marathon, just glance at the shoes of the runners on the starting line. Anyone wearing Nike's Vaporfly model may already have a head start. The shoe has shaken up distance running since the world’s largest sports apparel company introduced it four years ago, with technology credited for helping runners shave minutes off their times. To some, the advances are an exciting revolution. Others have called it “technology doping” that risks reducing marathons to a shoe competition. “Running is so simple. That's why people love it so much. Now we have a shoe that is blurring that," said Geoff Burns, a runner and Ph.D candidate at the University of Michigan's School of Kinesiology. The controversy prompted World Athletics, the sport’s governing body, to issue its most stringent shoe regulations in decades ahead of the Tokyo Games. But the Vaporfly escaped a ban, and the debate continues. Now, Nike has a new racing shoe that also squeaks by the new rules: The Air Zoom Alphafly Next%, which was unveiled at a flashy fashion show in New York on Wednesday night. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya wore a prototype of the shoe when he ran the world's first sub-2-hour marathon in an unofficial race in October. Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei was also in a version of the shoe when she set the world record for women in Chicago last year. Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya wore a version of Vaporfly when he won the New York Marathon in November. All three of the men’s marathon medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympics laced up a version of the shoe as well. Vaporfly shoes have become a common sight at marathons all over, easily spotted with their neon green or pink hue. Many marathoners are gladly paying the $250 price tag on Nike’s website — and sometimes more — even as they wonder how much credit they can personally take for improved results. Bryan Lam, an amateur marathoner in Washington, D.C. said he spent $400 for a pair of StockX ahead of the London Marathon last spring because the version he wanted was sold out elsewhere. He ran the marathon in 2:59.30, seven minutes faster than his previous personal best, a result he called “insane.” It helped him achieve his lifelong goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon this year. “I’d like to think that it was because of all of my training for the London Marathon but I do think the shoes had something to do with my performance,” Lam said. “It’s definitely not a level playing field when those who can afford the shoes have that type of advantage." What differentiates the Vaporfly is a foam midsole that is lighter and less dense than others, allowing for extra cushioning without adding weight. The shoe also has a carbon-fiber plate that acts like a lever to reduce the work at the ankle. Independent and company-sponsored studies have found that the shoe gives runners a 4% edge in energy efficiency. The Air Zoom Alphafly Next% steps it up a notch with two “air pods" in the sole for extra cushioning. Both the Vaporfly and the Alphafly meet a World Athletic rule that limits the sole thickness to no more than 40 millimeters. The Alphafly will be available for sale to Nike members starting Feb. 29, meaning it meets a new rule that shoes must be available on the open market by April 30 to be allowed at the Tokyo Games. Kyle Barnes, an exercise science assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, conducted a study around two years ago that compared the Vaporfly shoes to Nike’s Zoom Matumbo 3 (a track spike) and Adidas Adizero Adios 3. His findings showed about 4.2% more efficiency by wearing the Vaporfly model. Bottom line: Barnes estimated that slipping into the Vaporfly could potentially trim several minutes off a professional’s time and in the vicinity of 10 minutes for, say, a 4-hour marathoner. “It is a form of technology doping,” said Barnes, who co-authored the study with exercise physiology professor Andrew Kilding from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. “You're at a disadvantage not being in those shoes. ... Everything is happening so quick right now in the shoe industry.” World Athletics sought a middle ground in its recent decision, making clear that wearing the Vaporfly will not constitute cheating. But in tightening its rules, the Monaco-based organization signaled a new era of vigilance. The governing body said an expert working group will be created to assess new shoes entering the market and placed a moratorium on certain criteria for shoes. It also banned any shoe with a sole thickness of more than 40-millimeters, or that contains more than one plate. The Vaporfly controversy has drawn comparisons to the advantages that swimmers received wearing the Speedo LZR Racer, a full-body compression suit that trapped air for buoyancy and improved performance, leading to a slew of world records. Swimming's world governing body later banned all body-length swimwear. But the minimal technology involved in running has evolved only gradually, said Burns. The last major changes, he said, came in the 1960s and '70s, when shoe manufacturers developed EVA-based foam midsoles and all-weather tracks began replacing cinder tracks. N ike also is working on a fast shoe for the 100 meters. It's called the Nike Air Zoom Viperfly and as of now will not be at the Olympics because its design does not meet the new World Athletics regulations. Nike is looking at ways to adjust the shoe so that it will comply with regulations, according to a person familiar with the discussion. The person spoke on condition of anonymity of the ongoing process since it's not public. Other companies are also pushing the boundaries of shoe technology. Saucony has a carbon-plated shoe called the Endorphin Pro, which m arathoner Jared Ward wrote in a blog felt like the shoes were “pushing me forward into more of a half-marathon cadence.” Translation: It’s fast. Joyciline Jepkosgei won the women’s marathon in New York wearing an Adidas Adizero Pro prototype, which the company said in a statement conforms with the new rules. Adidas did not release details about the shoe's technical design. Hoka One One recently came out with the Carbon X, which was described as a cushioned, carbon-plated “speed machine” for a "propulsive, responsive ride.” “We’re all fans of the sport,” said Colin Ingram, director of product for Hoka One One. “We’re all for (technology advances) as long as we're able to do it within our own DNA when we decide to jump into the foray.” For the moment, though, Nike appears to hold a sizable lead over any rival. "I suspect they're three years behind, minimum, and so it'll take a long time before race results have any real integrity in a competitive sense," sports scientist Ross Tucker wrote in an email. “It turned athletes from 2:06 to 2:04. It decided results. It changed the relationship between physiological input and performance outputs.” Burns said a new era of advanced shoe technology could potentially disrupt the prevailing sponsorship model in running, in which shoe companies generally serve as the main sponsors of athletes. Burns said more athletes may look beyond shoe companies if a contract forces them to wear a shoe that puts them at a competitive disadvantage. "If you have guys bringing knives to a gunfight, it's not a good look for the knife sponsors," Burns said. American distance runner Roberta Groner doesn't have a shoe deal and trains in a variety of brands, including a version of the Vaporfly. She could be wearing that model at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in Atlanta later this month. "I don't get into the science," Groner said. “I just go with how I feel.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 7th, 2020Related News

MPBL: Binan cruises to sixth straight win, Bulacan triumphs

BIÑAN, LAGUNA -- Biñan City-Luxxe White cruised to its sixth-straight victory after handing Sarangani Province an 18-point beating, 92-74, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Cup at the Alonte Sports Arena here, Friday. Biñan, who took control of the match right from the get-go, took its biggest lead of the game with 20 points off a layup from James Mangahas, 58-38, in the third quarter. However, the home team saw their lead dwindle as Sarangani's Jun Dimapiles, Jay Cabanog, Hamsar Macantal, and Miko Estrellante took turns in hitting buckets to slice Biñan's lead to just 10 points with almost seven minutes remaining in the game. It was the closest Sarangani Proving could reach, as Macky Acosta weathered the surge before Jed Mendoza stamped the exclamation point with a three-pointer in the 1:55 mark, 85-68, completely taking the fight out of Sarangani. "Consistency lang. Yun lang naman ang hinahanap ko sa mga players, so nagtatrabaho kami sa practice, in-execute namin yung game plan, and blessed kami ngayon," said Biñan head coach Denok Miranda. James Mangahas, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Biñan. Acosta put up 14 points, four boards, and three dimes while Mendoza had 13 markers and seven rebounds for the Luxxe White-backed squad, who now stands at 12-14 -- a game behind eight seed Bicol in the Southern Division. Meanwhile, Dimapiles fired 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Sarangani, who is still at the bottom of the Southern Division with a 1-25 record. Sarangani Province dropped their fourth consecutive game in the tournament. In the earlier contest, Bulacan solidified their hold of the fourth spot with a 76-69 triumph over the also-ran Parañaque-Yabo Sports. With the victory, the Kuyas upgraded their standing to 18-8, solidifying the fourth place in the Northern Division. "Mas maganda yung game namin ngayon compared sa previous game namin. I applaud my players, especially yung first group namin with [how] they handled the press," said Bulacan head coach Kerwin McCoy. Bulacan came out strong in the second half, leading by as big as 18 points capped off by a step-back jumper from Rev Diputado, 60-42. With the game looking out of Parañaque's reach, the Patriots rallied behind Keith Pido and Jemal Vizcarra in the final frame. Pido drained timely buckets while Vizcarra nailed a three-pointer which sliced the Kuyas' lead to just three points, 63-66, with 5:05 left in the clock. JR Alabanza, Stephen Siruma, and Jay-R Taganas, though had other things in mind. The troika joined hands in a 7-2 spurt before Lester Alvarez stepped on the Patriot's comeback hopes by connecting a three to put Bulacan up by nine points with 1:47 left. Taganas spearheaded Bulacan -- who won its fifth consecutive outing -- with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bulacan's homegrown star Stephen Siruma and Rev Diputado added 12 points each for the Kuyas. On the other hand, Pido led Parañaque with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. The Yabo Sports-backed team fell to 8-17 to remain at the twelfth spot also in the Northern Division. In the first game, also-ran Navotas-Unipak Sardines ended Valenzuela-Carga Backload Solutions' playoffs hopes with an 88-83 upset. Down by 11 points in the final frame, ex-pros Val Acuña and Paolo Hubalde did not allow Valenzuela to go down without a fight. The duo led a 14-4 surge to trim Navotas' lead to two points, 74-76, with 3:28 remaining left in the game. Navotas led by as much as six points behind Renz Gonzales and Algin Andaya. But with 59 ticks remaining, Acuña was able to pull Valenzuela to within three with a three-point bomb, 83-86. However, a costly inbound violation from Paul Varilla followed by a technical foul from Valenzuela head coach Ronjay Enrile spelled doom for the Classic. Gonzales, Andaya, and Kojack Melegrito combined for four points from the charity stripe to completely seal the deal. "We want to compete because that's the nature of the sport. Kahit na wala na, sabi ko sa kanila, 'We still have to play the right way," said Navotas head coach Gabby Severino. Jhong Bondoc paced the also-ran Navotas with 19 points and seven rebounds while Melegrito and Gonzales followed with 10 points apiece. The Unipak Sardines-owned squad upped their card to 7-19 in the Northern Division -- good for the fourteenth spot -- while also ending their three-game losing streak in the process. Acuña finished with 24 points built on 16 three-pointers for the Classic, who dropped their slate to 10-16. The Scores: First Game Navotas-Unipak Sardines (88) – Bondoc 19, Melegrito 10, Gonzales 10, Andaya 9, Guillen 8, Evangelista 8, Abdurasad 8, Prudente 6, Cabahug 3, Taywan 3, Escobal 3, Mamaclay 1, Matillano 0, Bautista 0 Valenzuela-Carga Backload Solutions (83) – Acuña 24, Hubalde 15, Varilla 10, Ruaya 9, Gimpayan 7, Santos 6, Asuncion 3, Sta. Maria 3, Ricafort 2, Armenion 2, Diego 2, Kalaw 0, Poligrates 0 Quarterscores: 15-11, 35-32, 62-60, 88-83 Second Game Bulacan (76) -- Taganas 16, Diputado 12, Siruma 12, Alabanza 9, Arim 7, Santos 6, Alvarez 5, Dela Cruz 4, Antipiesto 3, Nermal 0 Parañaque-Yabo Sports (69) -- Pido 16, Vizcarra 9, Abugan 8, Mangalino 8, Menguez 8, Begaso 7, Banzala 6, Solis 5, Antonares 5, Lucente 5, Larotin 0, Saguiguit 0, Sunga 0, Rabe 0, Lucente 0 Quarterscores: 19-11, 44-33, 62-51, 76-69 Third Game Biñan City-Luxxe White Krah (92) -- J. Mangahas 18, Acosta 14, Mendoza 13, A. Mangahas 11, Neypes 10, Villanueva 9, Bautista 8, Parala 4, Rivera 3, Adorio 2, Castañares 0, Rosales 0, Stevens 0 Sarangani Province (74) -- Dimapiles 17, Medalla 11, Nocos 9, Estrellante 7, Llagas 7, Macantal 5, Cabanog 4, Morada 4, Alih 4, Catacutan 2, Timon 2, Clavel 2, Trinidad 0, Eman 0, Ballon 0 Quarterscores: 18-16, 40-28, 63-46, 92-74.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2020Related News

Record-holders get IAAF nod

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Brigid Kosgei, who broke the marathon world record over the weekend, was among the 11 nominees announced in the International Amateur Athletic Federation’s list of candidates for Female World Athlete of the Year. Kosgei’s fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, who became the first person to run the marathon distance in under two […] The post Record-holders get IAAF nod appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 16th, 2019Related News

Super-human Kipchoge busts mythical two-hour marathon barrier

    VIENNA, Austria – Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon in the "best moment" of his life on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park on Saturday, October 12. With a time of 1hour, 59 minutes and 40.2 seconds, the Olympic champion became ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 13th, 2019Related News

Poligrates, Marinero sisisirin ang Game 1

SIMULA na ng upakan para sa 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup crown ang Marinerong Pilipino at BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare Huwebes sa Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsOct 2nd, 2019Related News

Poligrates leads MVP race

Eloy Poligrates leads the MVP race entering the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup finals......»»

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D-League: Marinero, St Clare take 1-0 semis lead

    MANILA, Philippines – Marinerong Pilipino and BRT Sumisip Basilan-St Clare hacked out big wins against separate semifinal foes to inch closer to a finals stint in the PBA D-League on Thursday, September 19 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Led by Eloy Poligrates, Marinerong Pilipino downed Technological ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2019Related News

Poligrates sets D-League record with 67 points

Eloy Poligrates continued to make a case for his pro-comeback, setting a new scoring record in Marinerong Pilipino’s 141-97 win over iWalk in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 26th, 2019Related News

Eloy Poligrates explodes for PBA D-League record 67 points in Marinero W

Eloy Poligrates erupted for a league record 67 points as he single-handedly carried Marinerong Pilipino to a 44-point torching of iWalk, 141-97, Monday in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Camotes Island native was scorching hot with his 11-of-25 clip from downtown, while also collecting five assists and two rebounds to break James Martinez' 58-point feat for most points in PBA D-League history, recorded in August 2, 2016 when AMA blasted Topstar ZC Mindanao, 125-76. "Nakita namin yung score ni Poli, sabi namin kayang abutan yung record ni James. Binigyan namin siya ng chance na habulin at sobrang ganda ng laro niya. Sobrang ganda ng gising ni Poli," said coach Yong Garcia. Poligrates caught fire early on, pouring 15 points in the opening frame as the Skippers slowly broke the game open with a 31-20 opener. It didn't take long before the Cebuano guard's explosion allowed Marinerong Pilipino to hold a lead as high as 47, 122-75, with 4:19 remaining in the game. More than anything, Poligrates waxing hot also helped the Skippers remain unscathed at 5-0 in Group A, as well as securing a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. "Malaking tulong ito para sa amin especially malapit na ang next round," said Garcia, turning his attention to CEU in what would be a battle for the top spot come September 9. It wasn't all Poligrates, though, with JR Alabanza and Rev Diputado both scoring 11 points, and Will McAloney adding 10 points and five rebounds in the big victory. IWalk banked on Wowie Escosio, who scored 23 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat as the Chargers sunk to a 2-3 record. BOX SCORES MARINERONG PILIPINO 141 -- Poligrates 67, Diputado 11, Alabanza 11, McAloney 10, Yee 8, Arim 8, Jamon 7, Rios 6, Clarito 5, Solis 4, Reverente 2, Ilagan 2, Sara 0, Juanico 0. IWALK 97 -- Escosio 23, Bregondo 15, Belencion 14, Ax. Inigo 11, Ac. Inigo 9, Canada 8, Koga 7, Cruz 4, Parker 4, Lozada 2. QUARTER SCORES: 31-20, 63-36, 102-61, 141-97......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 26th, 2019Related News

Poligrates drops PBA D-League-high 67 points as Marinerong Pilipino torches iWalk

Eloy Poligrates erupted for a league record 67 points as he singlehandedly carried Marinerong Pilipino to a 44-point torching of iWalk, 141-97......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 26th, 2019Related News

Cebuano hotshot eyes PBA return

After a four-year absence, Cebuano guard Eloy Poligrates made a roaring return to cage action the other day for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2019Related News

Poligrates takes over late for Marinero in 47-point PBA D-League romp

MANILA, Philippines – Eloy Poligrates put on a show late as Marinerong Pilipino showed its pedigree with a 118-71 domination of Hazchem in the 2019 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig on Monday, August 5.  The bull-strong Cebuano guard fired 9 of his 19 points in the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 6th, 2019Related News

Rio Olympics set for spectacular close

The Rio Olympics closing ceremony got underway on Sunday after Eliud Kipchoge's dominant marathon victory highlighted the final day of competition......»»

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