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LaShawn Merritt

LaShawn Merritt

Event: 400m
Height: 6-2
Weight: 182
PR: 200m - 19.98 (2007); 400m - 43.75 (2008)
Born: 06/27/1986
Current Residence: Suffolk, Va.
Hometown: Portsmouth, Va.
High School: Woodrow Wilson (Portsmouth, Va.) H.S. '04
College: East Carolina '08
Coach: Dwayne Miller
Agent: Kimberly Holland
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
Three-time USA Outdoor champion - 2008 (44.00); 2009 (44.50); 2012 (44.12)
Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up - 2006 (44.50); 2007 (44.06)
2006 USA Indoor runner-up (46.17)
2004 USA Junior 200m (20.72) and 400m (46.80) champion
 
International Championships
2008 Olympic 400m (43.75) and 4x400m (2:55.39) gold medalist
2009 World Outdoor champion (44.06)
Four-time World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist – 2005 (2:56.91); 2007 (2:55.56); 2009 (2:57.86); 2011 (2:59.31)
Two-time World Outdoor 400m silver medalist – 2007 (43.96); 2011 (44.63)
2004 World Junior 400m (45.25), 4x100m (38.66) and 4x400m (3:01.09) gold medalist
 
Awards and Honors
World Junior 4x100m (38.66), 4x400m (3:01.09) record holder
2004 USATF Verizon Youth Athlete of the Year
 
About LaShawn
After serving a 21-month suspension, LaShawn Merritt returned shortly before the 2011 World Outdoor Championships where he won a silver medal, narrowly missing the gold and anchoring Team USA to gold in the 4x400m relay. In the weeks leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games, he was a favorite to repeat as gold medalist in the 400m. But he reaggrivated a muscle injury, which he sustained at a Diamond League meet in Monaco, and failed to advance passed the qualifying round in London. In 2008 took a major step forward in his career in winning a pair of Olympic gold medals in the 400m and 4x400m. He blistered the field in the 400m to win by 0.99 seconds, which was the largest margin of victory in an Olympic 400m final since 1896. The rivalry he created with three-time Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner became one of the most compelling in the sport. In 2008 Merritt and Wariner combined for the top 16 400m times in the world. In 2007 Merritt became the ninth man ever to break the 44-second barrier in the men's 400m. As just a high school senior, he ran what was then the second-fastest indoor 400m time ever of 44.93. That time remains a World Junior record. Merritt turned pro as an 18-year-old after his freshman indoor season at East Carolina.
Results
2014:
1st place in the 400m at Doha (44.44); 1st place at Roma (44.48); 1st place at Adidas Grand Prix (44.19); 2nd place at Lausanne (43.92); 1st place in Monaco (44.30); 
2012: DNF in Olympic Games heats; Olympic Trials champion (44.12); 1st at Pre Classic (44.91); 1st at Ostrava (45.13); 1st at Doha (44.19); 1st at St. Martin International 200m (20.16);1st at Guadeloupa (44.73);1st at Millrose Games 500m (1:01.39)
2011: World Outdoor silver medalist (44.63) and 4x400m gold medalist (2:59.31); 2nd at Stockholm (44.74)
2010: Did not compete; doping suspension
2009: World Outdoor 400m (44.06) and 4x400m (2:57.86) gold medalist; 1st at USA Outdoors (44.50); 1st at Baie Mahault (44.50); 1st at Reebok Grand Prix (44.75); 1st in 300m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (31.30)
2008: Olympic 400m (43.75) and 4x400m (2:55.39) gold medalist; Olympic Trials champion (44.00); 1st at World Athletics Final (44.50); 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (44.65); 1st at Berlin (44.03); 1st at Baie Mahault (44.34); 1st in 200m at Doha (20.08); 1st in Greensboro (19.80w)
2007: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (2:55.56); Tyson Invitational Indoor champion (45.51); 2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (45.09); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (45.17); 1st at Kingston (44.95); 1st at Paris (44.62); 1st at Rome (44.44); 1st at Monaco (44.38); 1st in 200m at Thessaloniki (20.02); 2nd at London (44.23); USA Outdoor runner-up (44.06)
2006: 1st at World Cup (44.54); 3rd at World Athletics Final (44.14); 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (44.88); 4th at Rome (44.77); 5th at Lausanne 200m (20.10); 2nd at Stockholm 200m(20.25); USA Outdoor runner-up (44.50); USA Indoor runner-up (46.17)
2005: World Outdoor 4x400m gold medalist (2:56.91); 4th at USA Outdoor Champs (44.73); 2nd in 400m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (45.57); 1st at Powered by Tyson Invitational (44.93i); 1st at Kingston, Jamaica (44.66) 
2004: World Junior 400m (45.25), 4x100m (38.66) and 4x400m (3:01.09) gold medalist
2003: Virginia State HS 100m (10.47), 200m (21.13) & 400m (47.69) champion
 
USA/World Results and Personal Bests
2012:
Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.16 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 14 in the world); 400m, 44.12 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 2 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the world by T&FN) 
2011: Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.13 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 9 in the world, ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN); 400m, 44.35 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 1 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Did not compete; doping suspension
2009: Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.07 (No. 4 in the USA by T&FN, No. 8 in the world, ranked No. 7 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 44.06 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2008: Indoor bests - 200m, 20.82 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 12 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.08 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); 400m - 400m, 43.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2007: Indoor bests - 200m, 20.71 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 8 in the world); 400m, 45.51 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 19.98 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 7 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 43.96 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests - 200m, 20.72 (No. 9 in the USA, No. 10 in the world); 400m, 46.17 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 16 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.10 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 8 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA, No. 5 in the world by T&FN); 400m, 44.14 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 3 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Indoor bests - 200m, 20.40 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); 400m, 44.93 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests - 200m, 20.38 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 24 in the world); 400m, 44.66 (No. 5 in the USA by T&FN, No. 9 in the world, ranked No. 10 in the world by T&FN)
2004: Outdoor bests - 45.25 (No. 16 in the USA, No. 39 in the world)
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