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    Who first set a world record wearing nike ?
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    Henry Rono was the first, second and third to set a world record wearing nike!
    Why is he not mentioned in any nike ads? I visited the nike campus and headquarters in Beaverton and there was nothing, no building or other mention of his nike exploits.
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    maybe because he went to Washington State and destroyed the Oregon runners of the era?
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    That's actually a pretty cool trivia question.
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    ..and a pretty good answer...
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    I'd ask Gordo, are you sure that's the correct answer? I guess adidas and maybe Puma dominated T&F shoes (and spikes) sales during the first half of the 1970s, with Nike's rise starting later in the decade.
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    Ha! I googled the question and found that Gordo also posted on letsrun, and the first answer to the question "Why doesn't Nike mention it" was "They would have to acknowledge it was possible to run fast before someone was willing to sell you $120 shoes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    maybe because he went to Washington State and destroyed the Oregon runners of the era?
    I detect some bias there
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrJay View Post
    I'd ask Gordo, are you sure that's the correct answer? I guess adidas and maybe Puma dominated T&F shoes (and spikes) sales during the first half of the 1970s, with Nike's rise starting later in the decade.
    my one thought was the Rono's teammate, Samson Kimbowa, might have done it in the 10K the year before, but looks like he was wearing adidas.
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    Up till 1974 my recollection was that in my 4 years most of us wear wearing adidas. I think Art Simburg was the John Chaplin clone for shoe reps.

    Edit: I hope my memory is correct re Art and I got the right German brand
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    Did our track shoes have brand names in the 40s and 50s? The were just black leather shells with thick leather soles and no internal support. The canvas flats were even flatter.
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