Meet Our 400m Olympic Team

LaShawn Merritt: The defending Olympic champ is looking to defend his title in London. After serving a 21 month suspension and winning silver at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships, LaShawn Merritt won the 400m Trials in 44.12. He has been in great shape thus far, but last week at the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco, he had to pull out during the end part of the race. Hopefully he is healthy and ready to go.

Tony McQuay: This University of Florida Gator has been making a name for himself the past couple of years. He is a 2 time NCAA Indoor Champion, 2012 NCAA Outdoor Champion, 2011 U.S. Champion, and the runner up at his year’s trials. He ran 44.49 to finish second behind Merritt, and will look to build on his international experience after competing only in the heats at Daegu last year.

Bryshon Nellum: If anyone can be a true example of hard work and dedication to the sport, it is this young man right here. Bryshon Nellum was shot 3 times in the leg after leaving a USC party and doctors said he would never run again. 3 surgeries and an Olympic trial later, he is now an Olympian, after running a personal best 44.80 to get third place.

Sanya Richards-Ross: This is Sanya’s year. As I said before, she is in the shape of her life. She won the 400m Olympic Trials in 49.28, tying the meet record set by Chandra Cheeseborough in 1984. Later on, she finished third in the 200m, allow her to double in events to try and win her first individual Olympic gold.

DeeDee Trotter: She has been struggling the past couple of years, but 2012 I believe is the year DeeDee Trotter puts it all together. She ran 50.02 at the trials to finish second behind Sanya Richards-Ross, and she has never looked better. She is a two time World 4x400m gold medalist and a 2004 Olympic 4x400m gold medalist. She had years of experience, and she’s taking that with her to London.

Francena McCorory: A rising star, Francena McCorory is establishing herself in the elite ranks. The American record holder in the indoor 400 (50.54) while only a senior at Hampton University, she finished third at the trials in 50.43. She is also part of the 4x400m team that won gold in Daegu last summer.

I am most likely not going to finish every single event before the Olympics begin, but I am going to do my best. It is hard to motivate myself to write these things because it takes a lot of time into doing accurate research on each athlete.

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