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Aries Merritt is an athlete competing in track & field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He will contend in the men's 110m hurdles.

Merritt earned his first Olympic berth with a tremendous performance at the U.S. Trials. After winning his opening heat easily in 13.13 and his semifinal heat in 13.01, Merritt surged across the line in the final to win the race in a personal-best 12.93, the fastest time in the world this season.

Merritt has steadily been climbing the professional ranks and emerged in 2012 as a legitimate Olympic gold medal contender. It began during the indoor season, where he finished second in the 60m hurdles at the USA Indoor Championships and then won gold at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. Coming into the outdoor season, Merritt had not broken 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles in his career. He got that out of the way at the Arkansas Twilight meet in April, running 12.99. He lowered his personal best to 12.96 in a runner-up finish at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic and then to 12.93 at the Olympic Trials, a time he equaled at the Diamond League London Grand Prix.

Merritt had a successful college athletic career. In 2006, he won the NCAA Championships, was undefeated in all hurdles events that year, and he broke Willie Gault's University of Tennessee hurdles record. His victory at the NCAA Championships in 13.21 was the second fastest ever collegiate time in the United States (only Renaldo Nehemiah had run faster). He took the 110m hurdles gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships and finished sixth at the 2006 World Athletics Final. He reached the World Athletics Final in 2008, finishing in fourth.





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Age: 31 years old
Birthday: July 24, 1985
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 159 lbs.
Birthplace: Marietta, GA
Current Residence: Bryan, TX


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