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Merritt Sixth in 110 Hurdles at World Championships

MOSCOW -- World-record holder and Olympic gold medalist Aries Merritt finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles Monday at the IAAF World Championships. 

Merritt crossed the finish line in 13.31. The USA had a 1-2 finish with David Oliver winning (13.00) and Ryan Wilson taking bronze. 

"Obviously in a hurdle race, if you hit hurdles you don't win," Merritt told USA Track and Field. "Last year was the perfect year. I didn't hit any hurdles, I was flawless. This time I made mistakes and I'm not the champion.  That's pretty much how it boils down. 

"I'm not really disappointed. I'm happy that I could walk away from that race injury-free. Obviously, the semifinal was a huge scare. I had to expend so much energy, because I literally thought someone false started. So I sat in the blocks thinking they were going to shoot the gun twice. I expended way too much energy in the semifinal to run myself into the final.  The guys who got it done here deserve all the credit and the utmost respect."

In 2012, Merritt won the Olympic gold in the 110 hurdles and set the world record later in the year. He was coming off a back injury at the World Championships.

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (1/18)

As the Tennessee track & field team gets ready for its second meet of the 2013 indoor season at Virginia Tech, former Vol, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt met with Yahoo! Sports to reflect on an incredible 2012 season. Check out the story below:

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (10/10)

Former Vol Aries Merritt represented the Big Orange track & field program well this summer, capturing the gold medal at the London Olympics and breaking the world record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 12.8 seconds in Brussels. After his whirlwind season, the former NCAA champion recently made a trip back to where it all started, Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. In addition, Merritt is up for a prestigious award, the annual Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award, and needs Vol fans help. Click the link below to vote for the former Vol.

Tennessee Update: Track & Field Blog (8/14)

In his first Olympic Games, former Vol track & field standout Aries Merritt won gold in the 110-meter hurdles last week in London. For an inside look at how Merritt enjoyed his experience at the Olympics, check out the story below from his hometown newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal.

Tennessee Track & Field Olympic Update (8/9)

Former Vol and current U.S. Track & Field team member Aries Merritt captured Olympic gold in the 110-meter hurdles yesterday. The former NCAA Champion became UT's  22nd Olympic gold medalist with a career-best time of 12.92. Merritt is the first UT gold medalist since former Lady Vol basketball players Tamika Catchings, Kara Lawson and Candace Parker won gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

Tennessee Track & Field Olympic Update (8/8)

Former University of Tennessee track & field standout Aries Merritt continues his quest for Olympic Gold in the 110-meter hurdles today. Merritt, who is making his first Olympic appearance, posted the event's best time of 13.07 in the qualifying round to reach the semifinals. A former NCAA Champion in the event, Merritt will run the semis at 2:15 p.m. ET today with hopes of earning a place on the podium in the finals just two hours later.

Here's an AP story that landed in Merritt's hometown newspaper, the Cherokee Tribune, in Marietta, Ga.

Happy Birthday - July 24: U.S. Olympian Aries Merritt

On July 24 we wish Happy Birthday to American Olympic hurdler Aries Merritt, a seven-time All-American at Tennessee. Merritt is going to the Olympics after winning the final of the 110m hurdles. Merritt finished in 12.93, one-hundredth of a second behind the meet record. 

After an outstanding career at the University of Tennessee, Merritt in the last several years has been steadily climbing the professional ranks. He decided to forgo his senior season to pursue a professional career in track & field. Merritt left Tennessee with 14 total school, meet or facility records, including every high hurdles school record, in his possession. He finished the 2006 college season undefeated in every 55 hurdles, 60 hurdles and 110m hurdles race he finished, including prelims and finals, for a record of 18 wins in 18 complete races. In 2006, he broke the 24-year-old Univ. of Tennessee school record of Willie Gault and the SEC meet record (13.29) of two-time Olympic silver medalist Terrence Trammell. Merritt won the 110m hurdles at the 2006 NCAA championships in 13.21 seconds, breaking Greg Foster's NCAA meet record of 13.22 in 1978 and lowering his own school record (13.22)--only National Track & Field Hall of Famer Renaldo Nehemiah from the University of Maryland has ever run faster at the collegiate level (13.00, May 6, 1979). While at Tennessee he won the Ed Murphey Award (for most outstanding performance) and Most Valuable Track Athlete Award in 2005. As a prep star in Georgia, Merritt was one of only eight hurdlers nationally named to USA Today's All-USA High School Team. During his senior year of high school, he went undefeated in the 110 hurdles. Merritt won the 2003 Georgia state 5A title in the 110m hurdles and took runner-up honors in the 300m hurdles. He also received Best Performance trophies at the 2003 5A Georgia state championships for running a 13.76 in the 110m hurdles and 36.71 in the 300m hurdles at the state meet.

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World Championships Update

Former Tennessee standout Aries Merritt was in action Monday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea.

* The Vol For Life closed out his stay at the meet with a sixth-place time of 13.67 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles finals.
* Merritt actually matched the 13.67 readout of Great Britain's William Sharman, but the finish line camera gave the nod for fifth place to Sharman.
* Merritt's American teammate, Jason Richardson, captured the gold medal in 13.16.
* The UT product had run 13.32 in the semifinal round to finish third in heat one earlier on Monday.