LaShawn Merritt is a USA Track & Field sprinter, Nike athlete and two-time 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist for the 400M and 4x400M relay race. He is the world-reigning 400M champion and his personal best of 43.75 seconds makes him the fifth fastest of all time.
Merritt's Olympics success during the 2008 season was distinguished by a considerable rivalry with Wariner, who had won the 400M at every major global championship since 2004. Merritt went on to win the gold medal in the 400M at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. A close race between Merritt and Wariner was expected, though it ultimately ended in a rout. The 0.99 second margin between Merritt's first-place finish and Wariner's second-place finish was the largest in an Olympic 400 m final. His time of 43.75, a new personal best, made him the fifth fastest 400M runner on the all-time lists. He teamed up with Wariner, Angelo Taylor and 400M bronze medalist David Neville for the men's 4×400M relay. The team defeated the Olympic record mark which had stood since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by running a time of 2:55.39, the second fastest in the history of the event.
LaShawn Merritt is currently training for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be held in London, England. (http://LaShawnMerrittUSA.com)
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