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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Simply running, not winning, the bigger victory for Aries Merritt

Aries Merritt came back and reached the 100-meter hurdles final at trials after having two kidney surgeries last fall. Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports
ESPN Australia | Jim Caple

EUGENE, Ore. -- One one-hundredth of a second.

After receiving a kidney transplant last September and going through a second kidney surgery in October, after going through months of recovery, training and daily medication, Aries Merritt missed making the U.S. Olympic team Saturday by just one one-hundredth of a second.

Racing in the 110-meter hurdles final at the U.S. Olympics trials, Merritt thought he crossed the line in second or third place. But after an agonizing delay, his place was shown as fourth with a time of 13.22, just behind third-place finisher Jeff Porter (13.21).

Merritt was obviously disappointed, but he said he had come to grips with it. After all, he has a gold medal in the event from the 2012 Olympics and is still competing against the world's best despite once thinking he could never run again because of his failing kidneys. Not making the Olympics is far better than being hooked to a dialysis machine for the rest of your life. Continue reading
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