LaShawn Merritt is American Sprinter

August 21, 2008

Meet LaShawn Merritt, an American Olympic sprinter. See photos, video and a biography of LaShawn below.

LaShawn Merritt beat out defending Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner in the 400 meter final Thursday, giving the U.S. a medal sweep.

Merritt finished with a time of 43.75 seconds, Wariner took the silver in 44.74 seconds and David Neville took the bronze with a time of 44.80 seconds.

As a biography, LaShawn Merritt was born on June 27, 1986 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He is 22 years old. LaShawn attended Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was a track and field standout, winning three gold medals at the 2004 World Junior Championships. He was a 2003 400m Virginia state champion and the following year was state champ again in the 100m, 200m and 400m.

LaShawn attended East Carolina University, where as a freshman he became the second fastest indoor runner in history in the 400 m at the 2005 Tyson Invitational with a time of 44.93 seconds. He would leave East Carolina at the end of his freshman year to turn professional. He currently attends Old Dominion University.

At the USA Outdoor Championships in 2007, LaShawn barely missed first place in the 400m by one-hundredth of a second with a time of 44.06. He would win the silver medal at the World Outdoor Championships in Osaka, Japan, behind 2004 Olympic champ Jeremy Wariner, but won the gold in the 4x400m relay.

At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Merritt beat Jeremy Wariner in the 400m final.

Click below for more photos and video of LaShawn Merritt.

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