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Track and field

Going around again

Wariner, Merritt will duel in 400

Defending gold medalist Jeremy Wariner (left) enjoys the push he gets from his countryman and rival, young LaShawn Merritt. Defending gold medalist Jeremy Wariner (left) enjoys the push he gets from his countryman and rival, young LaShawn Merritt. (David Guttenfelder/Associated Press (Wariner); Thomas Kienzie/Associated Press (Merritt))
By Shira Springer
Globe Staff / August 20, 2008

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In the ultimate compliment, 400-meter world record-holder Michael Johnson predicted LaShawn Merritt would run a personal best at the Beijing Olympics. Watching Merritt compete against his client, Jeremy Wariner, this season, Johnson saw an athlete with growing confidence and speed. Merritt had learned to control his races and beat Wariner in the process. (Full article: 1451 words)

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