Lord Coe tests out Olympic running track

THE running track at the Olympic Stadium has been compared to a racing car tyre and should produce some outstanding performances.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe has seen the track, which is made of vulcanised rubber made in northern Italy, and has said it feels “fast”.

“It is similar to a racing car tyre so it is very strong and very elastic. We have tried to make it softer and faster,” project manager Joe Hoekstra said.

A total of 250 world records have been set on Mondo tracks across the world by such names as 100m gold medallist, Usain Bolt, from Jamaica.

Lord Coe, a two-time Olympic champion, enjoyed a jog alongside Britain’s 1500 metres World Championship silver medallist Hannah England and was impressed with the surface.


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“Instinctively it felt a bit like Zurich - which was good for me,” he said.

“For me it feels fast.

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“The way that I run tends to be with a sprinter’s footfall so I am guessing that sprinters will like that - but as a middle-distance runner it felt accommodating and firm enough for me to get what I wanted out of it. It felt like a really nice surface.”

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