Prefabrication of the track surface is what sets the Italian company apart.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s governing body, has posted a fantastic article about the Italian company that creates the famous surface for tracks.
The company, Mondo, has been building these surfaces for nearly four decades. American sprinter Michael Johnson called the track his “magic carpet” at the 1996 Olympics where he set a new world record in the 200m event.
Lately, Mondo has been busy preparing the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the forthcoming World Championships in Athletics that take place from 10 to 18 August.
There are other track surface companies, but what makes Mondo unique in the industry? One word: prefabrication.
“Tracks surfaces can either be made on site as a liquid material or pre-fabricated,” explains company representative Andrea Vallauri. “We are the only company that manufactures its track surfaces pre-fabricated, and this guarantees that the performance characteristics of the track are constant. It is something unique for top-level competition. All the athletes see the difference.”