Found December 13, 2011 on Double G Sports: Yardbarker Blogger Network
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When LaShawn Merritt stepped into the spotlight at the World Junior Championship in 2004, he made a very bold statement.  The statement seemed to echo in bold caps, “I am a force to be reckoned with.” He walked away with nothing but gold.  He also emphasized that statement with his 4x100m relay team and his 4x400m relay team to set  Jr world records respectively. Since his entrance into “the big leagues” LaShawn has not disappointed by re-establishing that statement over and over. Then he was like a new kid on the block who was not one to back away from any challenge, even if it meant competing against other athletes who have been in the game longer than he had. He had his first taste of being an international phenom in the track and field world when he won a silver medal in the 400m and gold in the 4x400m at the Osaka World Championship in 2007.  In the 400m he ran alongside Olympians one of whom he did beat and on the world’s largest stage at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 he defeat...
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