LaShawn Merritt

United States of America

Fast Facts

  • Birthplace:

    Portsmouth, USA

  • Birthdate:

    June 27, 1986

  • Event:

    Sprints

  • Personal Best:

    400 meters: 43.65

  • On-Track Shoe:

    Nike Zoom Ja Fly

  • Residence:

    Suffolk, USA

Transformative Moment

Winning gold in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the 2008 Summer Games.

LaShawn Says

My nickname is...

Machine Merritt.

My good-luck charm is...

to kiss my two fingers and raise them high to let my brother know I love him and am racing for him.

I’m inspired by...

Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Muhammad Ali.

If I weren’t an athlete...

I’d be a businessman.

On my day off...

I like to sleep and shop as well as inspire and motivate people.

My favorite meal is...

homemade lasagna and freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies.

My ideal vacation is...

on an island, by the water.

I want my legacy to be...

that I broke a world record and was a stand-up, hard-working man.

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