What would Bob Hayes or Ben Johnson run on today’s new artificial track surfaces?
Mondo has been around since the 1976 Montreal Olympics for Track & Field (i.e. Athletics), but Beijing 2008 was the first time using the new “Mondotrack”. By the way, the Rome Olympic stadium is BASF Conica, not Mondo.
What’s the secret behind the new Mondotrack?
The secret is underneath the patented, vulcanized hexagonal backing track surface that is one of the keys to force reduction and hence, energy return. (see the Infographic at the end of the article)
The Mondotrack manages to do this 3 ways:
- It optimizes the force in the compression and the energy is returned to the athlete. Less wasted energy is from forces going equal and opposite directions
- the downward force causes a vertical compression providing a cushioning from the “cells”, so the pressure on the foot decreases.
- the lateral forces also provide cushioning as well as support from the “cells”
The end result is a “softer” feel results that also increases flight time, step length, energy return during ground contact area. With less pressure on the feet, distance runners will benefit in comfort from the track, but not sacrifice performance.