Gianni Demadonna management has come out to clear the air following the public outcry after an athlete from his management was disqualified at the Vienna marathon for using unauthorized pair of shoe.
Ethiopian Derara Hurisa won the 38th edition of Sunday 12th September but he was disqualified by race organisers and that called for online ranting by fans who claimed that the management should come to his aid.
One Alphine Chepkerter Tuliamuk complained on social media, when she wrote: “This goes a long way to tell us that our athletes need someone to check in on them and make sure they have all of the right legal competition gear. First off, why are shoe companies sending illegal shoes to athletes? His management needs to take some responsibility and stand by their athlete and admit that he made a mistake. The athlete didn’t fully understand the issue with legal shoes; he needed someone to ensure he had the right information.”
But Demadonna replied saying “Everybody is writing without knowing anything about what is happened…the boy declare the day before the race that he was using the adios pro 2 shoes…but after looking in his bag he decided to use Adios Prime X that he forgot was only for training because 50mm and not 40mm as per the rules of WA…..so please stop to talk about his management…it was his decision.”
But Tuliamuk added “Why did he have the illegal shoes at the race, this looks brand new which means he got them at the race, did you explain to him that they were illegal? Were you there with him? If yes then you should have ensured that he had the right racing gear, Did he understand the consequences of wearing the shoes? As a management with athletes’ best interest in mind, you also bear this responsibility.
Organizers said Hurisa had registered another shoe that met race rules, but he switched to the shoes he had used in training to run the marathon.
“I can’t say at the moment why he didn’t run in the shoes that were specified in the form,” race coordinator Johannes Langer said.
Winner disqualified: The initial winner of the Vienna City Marathon had to be disqualified for wearing shoes which are not compliant with the rules. Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa crossed the finish line first after 2:09:22 …
— Vienna City Marathon (@Vienna_Marathon) September 12, 2021
When an athlete goes to a race, it’s easy for them to make mistakes because all they are focusing on is the race, that’s why we hire you, managers to make sure that you help us with everything else that could slip through the cracks! This is a lesson for the future; please make sure your athletes can count on you with logistics and everything in between so they can focus on the race!”
Adidas spokespeople weren’t available for comment outside of regular business hours. Elite runners’ gear is typically checked by officials a day or more before a race.
Nike Inc. was the first to add a carbon plate to the sole of its running sneakers, with competitors following.
Eliud Kipchoge ran the world’s only sub-two-hour marathon on a closed course in Vienna in 2019, in carbon-plated Nike shoes. Kipchoge’s time of 1:59:40 shaved almost two minutes off his official world record of 2:01:39 set at the 2018 Berlin marathon.
In January 2020 World Athletics, the governing body of track and field, prohibited from competition any running shoe with a sole thicker than 40 mm or that contains more than one plate. The banned models can still be used for training and by athletes not considered elite.