Aries Merritt

American hurdler Aries Merritt

Aries Merritt is an American hurdler who specialises in the 110 meters hurdles. Merritt had a successful college athletic career: in 2006 he won the NCCA Championships, was undefeated in all hurdles events that year, and he broke Willie Gault's University of Tennessee hurdles record. His victory at the NCCA Championships in 13.21 was the second fastest ever collegiate time in the United States (only Renaldo Nehemiah had run faster).
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24 July 1985


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Carrying a New Kidney, an American Hurdler Returns to Worlds
NYTimes - 8 months
Aries Merritt finished second in the 110-meter hurdles at the United States track and field championships, giving him a spot at the world championships.
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Hurdler Merritt fails to make Olympic team - over 1 year
EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - World record holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt failed to make the U.S. team for the Rio de Janeiro Games when he finished fourth in the 110 meters hurdles final at the United States trials on Saturday.
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Merritt puts safety first at worlds - over 4 years
MOSCOW (Reuters) - It was a case of safety first for Olympic 110 metres hurdles gold medalist Aries Merritt in the world championships heats on Sunday after his last race ended in a clatter with the barrier.
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Fit-again Merritt eyes sub-13 world title - over 4 years
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Olympic champion and world record holder Aries Merritt says he finds it a "little strange" that no one has dipped below 13 seconds in the 110 meters hurdles this season and plans to remedy the situation in the world championships.
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Bolt named World Athlete of the Year
The Times Of India - about 5 years
Usain Bolt has won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award for the fourth time over US hurdler Aries Merritt and Kenyan runner David Rudisha.
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Merritt changes secret codes to inspire new record
Reuters - about 5 years
BARCELONA (Reuters) - After Aries Merritt set a world record of 12.80 seconds in the 110 meters hurdles in September he changed his PIN codes to the faster mark he is targeting next year.
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Deputy Crashes Patrol Car Allegedly DUI; Lingerie Football Coming to GA
Alpharetta-Milton Patch - over 5 years
Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Wrecks Patrol Car, Charged with DUI Georgia State Patrol reports a Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy's vehicle was involved in a wreck at 1:20 a.m. this morning on Georgia Highway 81 at Double Springs Road in Walton County. According to the trooper, a Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned several times.  In a press release, GSP reported that nobody was around the vehicle when first responders arrived. Barrow Patch has the full story. Cartersville Police Identify Stabbing Death Victim Cartersville authorities held a press conference today on a stabbing death that took place Tuesday morning. The victim has been identified as Candice Piper, 29, of Cartersville. A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and two counts of false imprisonment. For more on this story, visit Cartersville Patch. Lingerie Football League Coming to ...
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Aries Merritt sets world record in 110 hurdles
USA Today- Sports - over 5 years
Aries Merritt already won Olympic gold, but there was one way to make this year even more special: break the 110-meter hurdles world record.
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Merritt eyeing world record in Birmingham - over 5 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Olympic 110 meters hurdles champion Aries Merritt is eyeing the world record when he races at a Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, England on Sunday.
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U.S. Scores Big at Track
Wall Street Journal - over 5 years
When the day was over, Americans Aries Merritt and Allyson Felix had swept a pair of epics and Americans had won seven medals—their richest night since 1992 at an Olympic track.
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Aries Merritt stays on his feet to beat Jason Richardson to gold
Star Telegram- blogs - over 5 years
Aries Merritt outduels fellow Texan Jason Richardson for Olympic gold in the 110-meter hurdles.
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Perfect outcome for the 'imperfect' Merritt
CNN - over 5 years
LONDON -- Sprint hurdlers are like miniature figurine enthusiasts: obsessing over the minutia is part of the gig. So it's no surprise that Aries Merritt found something wrong with his semifinal run of the 110-meter hurdles, which he did in 12.94 seconds, the fastest non-final ever. "There were little technical errors," Merritt said as he walked beneath Olympic stadium. "A collision with someone." The "collision" appeared to be little more than a brushing of arms between men who drifted to the side of their lanes. But when you paint figurines or run the high hurdles, you sweat the small stuff. And sweating the small stuff paid off in gold for Merritt on Wednesday night, when he ran 12.92 in the final for gold -- the first for U.S. men on the track -- ahead of American Jason Richardson (13.04). "I worked really hard for this moment, Merritt said, and yet it was another race he described as imperfect.
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Merritt wins 110m hurdles gold
Daily Echo - over 5 years
United States' Aries Merritt has won the gold medal in the men's 110m hurdles.
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Mableton mom of Olympics hurdler Aries Merritt: 'This is his time to shine'
Buckhead 11 Alive - over 5 years
"This is his time to shine," said the mother of Aries Merritt Friday night in Mableton, as she watched him on television entering Olympic Stadium with Team USA.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Aries Merritt
  • 2012
    Age 26
    On September 7th, 2012, at the final Diamond League meet (Memorial Van Damme) in Brussels, Belgium, Merritt ran a time of 12.80 in the 110 meter hurdles, shattering the old world record of 12.87 held by Dayron Robles.
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    At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Merritt began by running the fastest qualifying time in the heats with a time of 13.07.
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    He won the gold medal in the 110 meter hurdles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • 2011
    Age 25
    In the final of the 110m hurdles at the 2011 World Champions in Athletics, Merritt was initially classified 6th, with a time of 13.67 s. After Dayron Robles was disqualified, Merritt was promoted to 5th. His season's best was 13.12 s, achieved in Eugene, Oregon and Oslo. Merrit began the 2012 season by becoming the indoor world champion in the 60 meters hurdles at the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.
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  • 2008
    Age 22
    He reached the World Athletics Final in 2008, finishing in fourth.
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  • 2006
    Age 20
    Also in 2006, he won the NCCA Championships, was undefeated in all hurdles events that year, and broke Willie Gault's University of Tennessee hurdles record.
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  • 2004
    Age 18
    He took the 110 meter hurdles gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships and finished sixth at the 2006 World Athletics Final.
  • 2003
    Age 17
    Born in Chicago, Illinois, he moved to Marietta, Georgia at a young age, attending Joseph Wheeler High School, where he was teammates with Reggie Witherspoon. Merritt ran for the University of Tennessee from 2003 to 2006 and had a successful college career, a seven-time All-American.
  • 1985
    Born on July 24, 1985.
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