In 2015, Boris Berian exploded onto the international track scene by chasing 800 meter World Record Holder and Olympic Gold Medalist David Rudisha to the finish in a stunning 1:43.84 at the Adidas Grand Prix meet in New York City.
Since then, Berian has become one of the most fascinating figures in the world of professional track. He won the Gold Medal at the 2016 IAAF Indoor World Championships. Later that year, a contract dispute with a former sponsor landed him on the cover of the Wall Street Journal and countless business periodicals, making Berian a symbol, albeit reluctantly, of athlete rights. Berian’s dramatic personal story rising from working shifts at McDonald’s to running in the Olympic Finals has drawn worldwide media attention. Sports Illustrated calls Berian “a potentially transcendent middle distance runner.”
The New York Times: “Runner Boris Berian Goes From McDonald’s Employee to a Symbol of Athletes’ Rights: