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Tuesday 04, Oct 2011

  LaShawn Merritt makes comeback

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LaShawn Merritt finished second behind Jermaine Gonzales of Jamaica in Stockholm and remarked that his focus was on competing at the world championships after being selected by the US governing body.

The Olympic and world 400m champion banned for 21 months after testing positive for an anabolic steroid makes comeback after drug ban is cut.

“I’m just leaving it all up to God to figure it out,” the 25-year-old told the BBC. “My family are behind me. I’m clean and I’m really just getting ready for the worlds. Running 44.74sec [a time that ranks him fifth fastest in the world this year] in my first race, I can’t complain.”

Wednesday 02, Mar 2011

  Olympic champion Merritt tests positive for drugs

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Olympic champion Merritt tests positive for drugsOlympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt has been handed over a suspension after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid contained in an over-the-counter penis enlargement product.

Merritt said in a statement via his lawyer that he was “deeply sorry” at failing three doping controls for the banned substance DHEA.

Merritt expressed hope that his sponsors, family, friends, and the sport itself will forgive him for making such a foolish, immature and egotistical mistake.

Monday 29, Nov 2010

  Olympic 400m champion banned for 21 months

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Olympic 400m champion banned for 21 monthsLaShawn Merritt, the Olympic 400m champion, has been handed over a ban of 21 months after he was found making use of over-the-counter products.

Merritt returned three positive drug tests and will only be eligible to compete again on 27th July, 2011 that means that he will be free to defend his defend his title at the London Olympics.

The ban on Merritt was backdated to 28 October 2009.