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Today, we are writing about 2012 Olympic champion and World Record Holder, 110m hurdles, Aries Merritt!
 
I remember speaking to Aries Merritt just after he set the World record for the 110 meter hurdles in 2012 at the Van Damme Memorial. His time, 12.80 was a WR. . It was in the very last race of his season. The race before that, Aries got a bit excited and false started. Aries told me, that after the false start, he knew that he would be ready to run the WR in the next race. When I asked him what he had to do, Aries Merritt looked at me and noted, "it is all about the rhythym." Aries Merritt had also won the 60 meter hurdles in Istanbul, at the 2012 World Indoor Championships. His time, 7.44, was just ahead of China's Liu Xiang and Frances' Pascal Martinot Lagarde.
 
In 2012, Aries Merritt won gold in London and set the WR. How could one find a better season?
 
That is the connundrum of athletics. One knows when they are in fantastic shape, and one knows when they are oh so close.
Published in Track & Field
By Dave Hunter (Aug. 6, 2017, London)
It is difficult to believe that just two years ago, Aires Merritt - the then-reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in the 110 meter hurdles - was, in essence, fighting for his life. Arriving in Beijing to compete in the 2015 IAAF world championships, the American hurdler at last went public with the news release that he had been battling chronic kidney dysfunction and would be speeding back to the States after the Worlds competition to receive a kidney transplant from his sister Latoya Hubbard. Somehow, someway, Merritt - suffering from collapsing focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and competing with a dangerously low level of kidney function - found a way to string together 3 consecutive seasonal bests, including a clean 13.03 in the final, to capture the bronze. After the final, a beaming and somewhat incredulous Merritt proclaimed to the media, "This medal will shine brighter than my Olympic gold medal."
Published in Track & Field
By Larry Eder
On Saturday morning, I was doing a short piece for BBC Five Live. They had an exceptional interview with Dalilah Muhammed. When asked about Dalilah, I called her the 'Edwin Moses' of women’s 400m hurdling. I have seen Dalilah as exceptional for some time, and her Rio win made me a believer. Her run in Sacramento just added to the respect I have for Dalilah Muhammed.
 
Day four was exceptional. In the women's 400 meter hurdles, six finishers under 54 seconds, with three under 53 seconds!
Published in Track & Field