Thursday, August 21, 2008

Merritt Wins Big Over Wariner In U.S. 400 Sweep

Olympics Day 13 - Athletics

Merritt Upset Wariner's Effort to Win Gold

-Beijing-LaShawn Merritt did something that many weren't sure he could pull off. He upset defending Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner.

As I have written, in the past it has been Wariner the runner putting up the race of his life to win big in August. This time it was a brilliant race by Merritt at the perfect time that drew the world's attention.

Only four runners, have bested the 43.75 that Merritt blazed in the finals. Wariner came off the turn in the lead but faded big time down the stretch finishing second in 44.70.

David Neville clocked 44.80 seconds and secured Team U.S.A. the bronze.

By Jay Hicks.

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