Olympic Track Star Leo Manzano Latest Hoka Signing

Leo Manzano, dual Olympian and the first 1,500m medalist for the United States in 44 years has signed on as the latest Hoka OneOne sponsored athlete. This is pretty exciting news for both the growth of Hoka OneOne as a globally respected brand, and Hoka’s continuing rapid development as a high end running shoe offering innovative solutions to runners’ needs right through from recreational jogging to increasingly performance-focused athletes across a wide range of running disciplines.

Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano, track testing what looks like one of Hoka’s new models for July – the Clifton.

“I’m honored to represent Hoka One One,” Manzano said in a release. “I feel blessed to have connected with such a game-changing and innovative company that is led by runners who understand the needs of runners. I hope to leverage this opportunity to showcase how Hoka’s brilliantly engineered products benefit runners of all distances.”

Known for his finishing kick, Manzano was in sixth place coming off the final turn at the London Olympics before storming up the homestretch to earn the silver medal—the first Olympic medal of any kind for the U.S. at 1500 meters since Jim Ryun in 1968. He’s made every U.S. team for the Olympics or IAAF World Championships since 2007.

Read the full article from running.competitor.com right here…

See also this very interesting article from Runner’s World, discussing Kara Goucher and the changing nature of athlete sponsorship.

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