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Simone Biles bothered by new USA Gymnastics CEO’s anti-Nike tweet

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Olympic champion Simone Biles is upset about an anti-Nike tweet from USA Gymnastics interim president and CEO Mary Bono.

Bono was appointed Friday to hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee in September after spending nine months on the job.

Biles responded Saturday to a tweet from Bono last month criticizing Nike following the release of its advertising campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bono, a former Republican congresswomen, had posted a photo of herself drawing over a Nike logo on a golf shoe.

Biles quote-tweeted Bono’s photo and wrote: ”(asterisk)mouth drop(asterisk) don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president or any sponsors or anything.”

Bono deleted her tweet about five hours later, saying she regretted the post and respects “everyone’s views & fundamental right to express them.”

Nike is one of Biles’ sponsors.

Biles is among the more than 200 women who have come forward over the last two years claiming they were sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar under the guise of treatment. Biles was critical of Perry for not being vocal enough in support of the survivors.

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Nike’s sub-2-hour marathon attempt set for Saturday; stream info

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Nike’s attempt to break the two-hour barrier for the marathon is scheduled for Saturday morning in Milan (11:45 p.m. ET on Friday), streamed live via Nike’s social media.

Saturday is the 63-year anniversary of Roger Bannister becoming the first person to break 4 minutes in the mile.

Nike’s attempt, on a Formula One race track featuring Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, will not be for an officially sanctioned world record due to reported variables such as some pacers entering mid-race and drinks being given to the runners via mopeds.

Kipchoge, three-time Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa and half-marathon world-record holder Zersenay Tadese are gunning to become the first men to break two hours for 26.2 miles.

The marathon world record is held by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, at 2:02:57, set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. It took 16 years for the record to descend from 2:06:05 to sub-2:03.

The three men will take 17 and a half trips around a 1.5-mile loop on Saturday, aided by a slew of pacers reportedly including five-time Olympian Bernard Lagat.

Nike said the asphalt surface near Milan has ideal temperature (54 degrees average), wind (2.6 miles per hour) and altitude (600 feet above sea level).

In March, Nike unveiled a new shoe for the marathon attempt that it says makes runners four percent more efficient.

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Nike picks fitting anniversary weekend for sub-2-hour marathon attempt

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Three men will set out to break the 2-hour marathon barrier on the first weekend in May, the 63-year anniversary of Roger Bannister becoming the first person to break 4 minutes in the mile.

Nike announced Tuesday the race window for its special sub-2 marathon attempt, which will take place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, site of the Italian Grand Prix every September.

Nike chose to announce a target “race window” weekend rather than a specific date. The race is closed to the public but will be live streamed. Bannister broke the 4-minute-mile barrier on May 6, 1954.

Three men, including Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, will take 17 and a half trips around a 1.5-mile loop. The course will be ratified by the IAAF, track and field’s international governing body, but the attempt will not be for an officially sanctioned world record, according to the Guardian, citing a Nike spokesperson.

Nike said the asphalt surface near Milan has ideal temperature (54 degrees average), wind (2.6 miles per hour) and altitude (600 feet above sea level).

“Additionally, skies are typically overcast (minimizing heat load on the runners) and air currents don’t exhibit drastic directional shifts — thanks to the course being perfectly situated off shore and amid many trees,” Nike said in a press release.

The marathon world record is 2:02:57, set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto at the 2014 Berlin Marathon. It took 16 years for the record to descend from 2:06:05 to sub-2:03.

Last month, Nike unveiled a new shoe for the marathon attempt that it says makes runners four percent more efficient. The IAAF said it would discuss if the shoe was legal for official times, according to the Guardian.

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