American athlete Dwight Phillips recently donated a pair of spikes to the IAAF Heritage Collection, currently on display in Qatar ahead of the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Phillips, the 2004 Olympic and four-time World long jump champion, has donated the shoes he wore when leaping to bronze during the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka.
The spikes were symbolically handed over to the collection in Doha through Qatar’s best long jumper, 18-year-old Rasheed Abdullah Al Suwaidi (cover image), who trains in Aspire under the guidance of coach Al Walid Abdullah. According to Phillips, his ‘shoes donation’ is all about giving back to the sport which has given him so much. Phillips retired in 2013 with a personal best of 8.74m (2009).
I’m really pleased that my Osaka spikes will now sit in the IAAF Heritage Collection alongside the kit of Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and Mike Powell. I hope the spikes will be an added attraction for fans and help motivate young athletes like Rasheed to aim high in their careers.’
The spikes will be on show until 7 October as part of the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition, which was opened last month at City Center Doha, one of the largest shopping mall in Qatar. Visit iaaf.org to learn more about the exhibition.