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.