When 24-year-old athlete Casimir Loxsom toes the line this weekend at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, he’ll be sporting a new performance sneaker from his key sponsor, Brooks.
Footwear News has learned that Loxsom, who will compete in the 800-meter distance, is expected to race in Brooks’ 3 ELMN8 style, a middle-distance racing spike that will debut in stores for spring ’16. According to a brand spokesperson, the shoe was developed with input from Loxsom and several other athletes from the Brooks Beasts team, including Nick Symmonds, who was blocked from the IAAF championships for refusing to wear Nike gear.
When he’s not on the track, Loxsom trains in Brooks’ Glycerin 13 neutral running shoe, which is equipped with the brand’s Super DNA cushioning midsole. In addition, the Connecticut native runs in the lightweight Launch 2 sneaker — and he packed the patriotic Aurora colorway for the trip to Beijing:
To prep for competition, Loxsom is known to down a Red Bull before a race and is also a fan of Symmonds’ product, Run Gum, a zero-calorie, sugar-free caffeine gum.
He’ll need that extra boost for the track-and-field championships this weekend. For the 800 meters alone, 49 athletes from 34 countries will be vying for the gold medal. The favored athlete is world-record-holder David Rudisha of Kenya, who has a personal-best time of 1:40:91. Rudisha’s fastest time for this season, however, is 1:43:58, opening the door for other athletes to surpass him, including Loxsom, who has a personal best of 1:44:92.
But Loxsom is being modest in his goals, saying he aims simply make the final of the event and set a new personal record in Beijing.
Preliminary heats for the 800 meters start on Aug. 21, with the final showdown scheduled for Aug. 24 at 8:55 a.m. EDT.