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Coach on Merritt coping with kidney disease, 2016 plans

In news by admin / September 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

Arizona Republic medical reporter Ken Alltucker spoke with 2012 Olympic hurdles champion Aries Merritt and his sister LaToya Hubbard this week about Merritt’s kidney transplant at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Hubbard was the donor.

Merritt has been training at Altis (formerly World Athletics Center) in Phoenix since mid-2013 with his long-time coach Andreas Behm. Here is more of my conversation Thursday with Behm about Merritt, who amazingly won a bronze medal in the 110-meter hurdles at the World Track Championships in Beijing four days before the transplant.

After worlds, kidney transplant awaits hurdler Aries Merritt

In news,Uncategorized by admin / September 20, 2015 / 0 Comments

By PAT GRAHAM (AP Sports Writer)August 26, 2015 2:02 AMAP – Sports

BEIJING (AP) — No matter how many hurdles Aries Merritt clears this week at the world championships, he knows there’s an even bigger one waiting for him in a few days back at home – a kidney transplant.

That’s why the Olympic 110-meter hurdles champion and world-record holder is treating each race this week as if it might be his last. With his kidney function less than 20 percent, Merritt will have surgery on Sept. 1 – four days after the final in his event. His sister, LaToya Hubbard, is donating one of her kidneys.

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Merritt and P.Martinot Lagarde put on a show

In news,Uncategorized by admin / July 18, 2013 / 0 Comments

Merritt and P.Martinot-Lagarde put on a show

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Aries Merritt signs with Nike

In news by admin / February 21, 2013 / 0 Comments

Olympic & World Champion agrees to multi-year agreement

BOSTON (February 21, 2013) – 2012 Olympic Hurdles Champion Aries Merritt has signed a multi-year agreement with US sportswear company Nike. In addition his Olympic gold, Merritt is an IAAF World Indoor Champion and the fastest high hurdler in history.

“2012 was a dream season for me. With Nike’s world-class support, I am looking forward to even better years ahead,” said Merritt. Nike’s commitment to Merritt will extend through the 2016 Olympic season.

Merritt had one of the best hurdle campaigns in history in 2012 when he won the IAAF World Indoor Championships, the US Olympic Trials and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He ended his breakthrough season with a bang when he shattered the existing World 110m Hurdle Record in Brussels on September 9th. His time of 12.80 shaved an astounding .07 off of the old world record held by the 2008 Olympic Champion Dayron Robles of Cuba. Merritt had a total of eight wind-legal sub 13-second runs, surpassing the previous best of seven in a season by Dayron Robles. Merritt showed glimpses of his outdoor brilliance last winter when he unexpectedly, but convincingly, won the IAAF World Indoor Championship over China’s 2004 Olympic Champion, Liu Xiang.

Merritt, who grew up in Georgia, was a high school state champion as well as an NCAA Champion for the University of Tennessee. He lives in Bryan, TX and trains at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Yahoo News: World Record Holder Aries Merritt Reflects on Changes He Made During the 2012 Season

In news by admin / February 20, 2011 / 0 Comments

Aries Merritt could have continued cutting corners in 2012. Instead, the now-world-record-holder decided he wanted to do things differently.

So Merritt rededicated himself, he said, and he came up with one of the best seasons of his life, winning and Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles.

A few weeks after the Games, Merritt added a blistering world record in the same event when he ran to a time of 12.80 at the Brussels Diamond League meet in September. The previous world record, held by Dayron Robles of Cuba, was 12.87.

“This was one of those years where I said, … ‘I need to be serious. I need to really rededicate myself and really go for it and really do something,’ because at the end of the day, we all want to leave our mark on history and we all want to be remembered,” Merritt said during an interview with Flotrack.org. “That was something I needed to look at because I’m getting old.”

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Yahoo News: Aries Merritt Looks to Leave His Mark on History, Become the Greatest 110-Meter Hurdler Ever

In news by admin / February 12, 2011 / 0 Comments

He could have given up. With an indoor world championship title and an Olympic gold medal, he’d already accomplished so much in 2012.

When Aries Merritt arrived in Brussels in September for his final Diamond League Race of 2012, he didn’t expect much. It had been a long season, he said, and his body was breaking down.

Nevertheless, he decided to give the 110-meter hurdles race his best effort, and after running to a time of 12.80 seconds, Merritt was able to call himself the world record holder.

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