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Hurdles record holder Merritt fails to make Olympic team

Jul 8, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Aries Merritt (left) and Issac Williams (right) compete during the men’s 1100m hurdles first round heats in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 8, 2016; Eugene, OR, USA; Aries Merritt (left) and Issac Williams (right) compete during the men’s 1100m hurdles first round heats in the 2016 U.S. Olympic track and field team trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - World record holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt failed to make the U.S. team for the Rio Games when he finished fourth in the 110 metres hurdles final at the American trials on Saturday.

Merritt, who received a kidney transplant in September, needed to finish in the top three to qualify for Rio. He clocked 13.22 seconds, 1/100th of a second behind third place.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Eugene, Oregon; Editing by Andrew Both)

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