The World indoor champion, Boris Berian announced this weekend, he will run at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 17 at Swangard Stadium. Boris just won the Prefontaine Classic 800m Saturday with a time of 1:44.20. This is only the third time an American has won a Diamond League race at 800m.
This Big Bear Track Club athlete hit the headlines last week when he announced that Nike was suing him for breach of contract. Berian’s agent said, “Nike has filed a lawsuit for declaratory relief and for injunctive relief regarding an expired contract. The dispute regards interpretation of contract language.”
Nike spokesperson responded with ”Nike values its relationships with athletes and we expect them to honor their contractual commitments. Where necessary we’ll take steps to protect our rights. We have no further comment on ongoing litigation.”
Berian raced in Eugene, Oregon wearing a New Balance singlet with Big Bear Track Club insignia. The former student at Adams State University who won two NCAA II 800m titles, left school to concentrate on training. He worked at McDonalds to support his training. There was a dramatic improvement when he moved to Big Bear, California and joined the club sparked by legendary coach Joe Vigil, who guided the coaching program facilitated by Carlos Handler.
Boris will run the 400m at the Jerome Track Classic to test his sprint speed as he prepares for the US Olympic trials in July on the Road to Rio. His teammate, Brenda Martinez will travel north with him when she battles Melissa Bishop over 800m.
The Jerome Classic will also feature Andre De Grasse of Markham, ON who may be on the threshold of an Olympic medal, which would follow in the footsteps BC sprinters, Percy Williams and Harry Jerome.
Canada took the silver medal at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Rome, Italy three weeks ago. This team lead by Ben Thorne, Inaki Gomez and Evan Dunfee will attempt to break the current Canadian best over 5000m of 18 minutes 45.64 seconds at the Jerome Track Classic.
Tickets are $25 finish line, $10 general admission are available on line at www.harryjeorme.com. First event starts at 6pm with doors open at 5pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30pm