Merritt eyes World Champs gold

May 24, 2017

Though Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa set a world record in front of him in the Olympics, American LaShawn Merritt's big target this year is to win the 400 metres at the World Championships in London in August.

According to Merritt, the new record of 43.03 seconds won't change his approach to training or racing too much.

However, he said, it does mean that a fast time will be needed to win.

Speaking at the end of a Caribbean tour with meets in Grenada, The Bahamas, Guadeloupe and Jamaica, Merritt described the Olympic final as a great race.

"When I look back at it there's a couple of things I wish I had done different, but to say I was on pace to run 43.03, I don't think I was on pace to run 43.03."

His bronze-medal time was 43.85 seconds, with Grenada's Kirani James taking the silver.

"It came to that last 100 and I think I think I kind of pressed it too much, thinking that he was going to fade," he said, adding that Van Niekerk didn't fade.

Stating that he approaches the sport meet by meet and year by year, the 30-year-old Merritt outlined his goals for 2017.

"The record has changed from 43.18 to 43.03, so that's the new target. The big target is obviously London, and just getting there and winning and executing a race," he said.

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