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ARIES MERRITT RUMORS

Merritt is headline act as world track enters Day 4

LONDON (AP) — Aries Merritt will be looking to get a second gold at the Olympic Stadium, five years after he won the 110-meter hurdles at the London Games. Since the 2012 Olympics, Merritt has had a kidney transplant. But the world-record holder is back near his best at this year’s world championships. He will face Olympic champion Omar McLeod of Jamaica and defending champion Sergey...
Via MyNorthwest.com
August 07, 2017

Merritt clears a hurdle, returns to worlds with new kidney

LONDON (AP) — Looking back, American hurdler Aries Merritt realizes he probably shouldn’t have competed with a failing kidney at the 2015 world championships when he captured a bronze medal. “But in my heart of hearts, I thought that was my last championships,” Merritt said. He’s back. Even more, two years later and with a fully functioning kidney thanks to a transplant from his...
Via MyNorthwest.com
August 05, 2017

Aries Merritt: Doctors are 'very, very concerned' about competing in Rio after kidney transplant

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Defending Olympic champion Aries Merritt rushed back from a kidney transplant to be ready for Rio. He won't let Zika stand in his way, no matter how much his doctors object. Qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles at Olympic Track and Field Trials begins Friday. Should Merritt make the U.S. team, he said he won't think twice about racing in Rio even though the mosquito...
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
July 06, 2016  |  Discuss
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Kidney transplant recipient Merritt wants to go to Rio despite increased Zika risk

EUGENE, Ore. -- Defending Olympic champion Aries Merritt rushed back from a kidney transplant to be ready for Rio. He won't let Zika stand in his way, no matter how much his doctors object.Qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles at Olympic Track and Field Trials begins Friday. Should Merritt make the U.S. team, he said he won't think twice about racing in Rio even though the mosquito...
Via Associated Press
July 06, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Aries Merritt: 'Phenomenal' Devon Allen will be 'very successful' if he sticks to hurdling after Ore

Merritt, the world record-holder in the high hurdles, believes Oregon Ducks star Devon Allen could have staying power in track and field.
Via The Oregonian
May 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Hurdler Aries Merritt on the mend after kidney transplant

The narrow five-inch scar across Aries Merritt's stomach still aches from where doctors recently went in to place his new kidney. He's pretty much confined to his house these days since his immune system remains weak. Light running? Weeks and weeks away. Training for the hurdles? December at the earliest. And yet, for the first time in a while, Merritt can actually picture himself...
Via Associated Press
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss

4 days before kidney transplant, US hurdler Merritt wins bronze at world championships

BEIJING -- When the doctors hooked Aries Merritt onto the dialysis machine two years ago, they told him his running days were over. The doctors were focused on his kidneys. They never looked at his heart. The American won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles Friday night at the world championships -- a victory he'll have less than four days to celebrate. Next Tuesday, he'll be...
Via Associated Press
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

US team eyes 110-meter hurdles sweep

The United States is looking at a possible sweep in the 110-meter hurdles at the world championships after its three top runners reached the semifinals Sunday. Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt, defending champion Jason Richardson and the season's fastest man, David Oliver, all won their heats. Merritt and Richardson combined for a 1-2 finish at last year's London Olympics. ...
Via Fox Olympics
August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Merritt sets WR in 110 hurdles

Aries Merritt already had the Olympic gold, so there was only one way to make this season even more special. And in his last -- near-perfect -- 110-meter hurdles race of the year, the American put in a world record-breaking performance that had him shaking his head in disbelief. Merritt finished in 12.80 seconds Friday at the Van Damme Memorial, slicing a full 0.07 seconds off...
Via FOX Sports
September 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Aries Merritt wins 110m hurdles gold

Aries Merritt's hurdling career started on a dare. It took off with a technical change. And it peaked with a gold medal Wednesday night. The 27-year-old Merritt led a 1-2 finish for the United States in the 110-meter hurdles at the London Olympics, winning in 12.92 seconds. World champion Jason Richardson was second in 13.04. Hansle Parchment of Jamaica took the bronze in 13.12...
Via AP on Fox
August 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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