LaShawn Merritt

Track and Field

Name: LaShawn Merritt
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 200-meter, 400-meter, 4x400-meter
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
DOB: 6/27/1986
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.
Hometown: Portsmouth, Va.
High School: Woodrow Wilson High School (Portsmouth, Va.) ‘04
College: East Carolina University
Coach(es): Dwayne Miller
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (2008, 2012); Two-time Olympic medalist (2 golds)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, qualified
  • London 2012 Olympic Games, DNF(400m)
  • Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, gold (400m, 4x400m)
  • Won the 400-meter gold medal in 2008 by 0.99 of a second, the largest margin of victory in an Olympic 400 final since 1896.
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – gold (4x400m); silver (400m)
  • Years of participation: Outdoor – 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 (400m); Indoor – 2006 (400m)
  • Medals: 11 (8 golds, 3 silvers)
  • Gold – 2005 (4x400m); 2007 (4x400m); 2009 (400m, 4x400m); 2011 (4x400m); 2013 (400m, 4x400m), 2015 (4x400m)
  • Silver – 2007 (400m); 2011 (400m); 2015 (400m)
Personal: Son of Owen Eugene and Brenda Merritt...Has one sister, Antionesha...In 2007, became the ninth man ever to break the 44-second barrier in the men's 400-meter...As a high school senior, ran what was then the second-fastest indoor 400 time ever in 44.93...Turned professional at age 18 following his freshman indoor season at East Carolina University...Interests include traveling.

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