• Merritt to hunt wr in Lausanne
» Thursday, 23 August 2012
A World record beckons in the men's 110m Hurdles and the likeliest candidate to achieve it is Olympic gold medallist Aries Merritt who believes with the Games pressure off, he can dip under his personal best of 12.92 which won him the laurels.
"If that happens I might or might not go home - but who’s to say I won't do it again in Birmingham or Brussels," quipped the 27-year-old at his presser who at least managed to fly across the pond for a day and half before returning to athletic duties in Lausanne.
Joking apart Merritt has the flat speed to better Dayron Robles’ four year old figures of 12.87 and to better that would mean lowering the meet and the then World record of 12.88 which Liu Xiang achieved in Athletissima six years ago.
"I did test the track in the last couple of days and it is as fast as London," added the American. "The wind will need to be at my back and it should be warm to run a perfect race. Hopefully I will be faster than the 12.92, 12.93 and 12.94 I've ran this year."
In opposition will be last year's World champion and fellow American Jason Richardson, along with Hansle Parchment who finished well off the pace behind him in London. Also in the line-up will be David Oliver who missed out on Olympic selection but ran a season's best of 13.07 in Albi last week, and this summer's European champion Sergey Shubenkov who has a 13.09 under his belt.
Meeting Atletissma 2012, Diamond League meeting is scheduled to start at 20:00 CET.