As the official sponsor of the 2015 IAAF World Championships, Adidas is fielding a strong team of track-and-field athletes from across the globe. There are Americans, Jamaicans, Kenyans and Trinidadians — and many of them will be facing off against each other in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium starting this weekend.
Representing the U.S. are two very fast ladies: sprinter Torie Bowie, who will compete in the 100 meters and 4×100-meter relay, and Ajee Wilson, who is doing triple duty in the 200 meters, 400 meters and 4×400-meter relay.
From Jamaica, Warren Weir will line up for the 200-meter race, possibly squaring off against his fellow countryman (and Puma spokesman) Usain Bolt. The two men are just 13 seconds apart in their season-best time for that event, so we could see them together in the final on Aug. 27.
One of Adidas’ brightest stars in Beijing is Kenyan middle-distance runner David Rudisha, who is the 800-meter world-record holder and London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist. Rudisha is the man to beat in that event, though Brooks athlete Casimir Loxsom is hoping to mount a challenge.
Click through the slideshow to see some of these top athletes in action.
On the track, members of Team Adidas will likely be sporting the brand’s latest Adizero racing spikes that are outfitted with lightweight seamless uppers and durable TPU plates for stability. For pre-competition training, though, many have been working out in the Adidas Ultra Boost style, which recently debuted new colorways.
But Adidas will celebrate more than its own roster at the World Championships. In conjunction with the IAAF, the athletic brand will crown the Best Performer of the Day for each day of the competition, held Aug. 22-30, with help from fans. After each evening session, a panel of experts will select a shortlist of top contenders. The list will be posted on the IAAF website and on social media, where the public can vote for the winner. An overall winner will be announced on Sept. 4 and will recieve a special Golden Shoe Award from Adidas at the IAAF Gala in November.