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Record-breaking middle-distance duo staying on message in Olympic year | Sean Ingle

The Scots, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir, swerve the thorny issue of Nike spikes while all is running smoothly on the track

It has been the talking point in track and field for months. But when Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie are asked about the impact of Nike’s shoe technology during an amiable conversation one can suddenly hear a pin drop. The pair look at each other. A PR person intervenes. The journalists protest and press their case. Nothing is resolved.

Earlier the pair’s overly protective coach, Andy Young, had threatened to cancel the interview before it was due to start. He even suggested to his two athletes they should get ready to leave after getting wind that questions about their Nike spikes would be asked.

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