24 July 2012 /AP
Hurdler Aries Merritt has stepped up his performance simply by taking out a step. He once utilized an eight-step approach to the first hurdle, causing him to tap the brakes to get over it.
By cutting out one small shuffle, Merritt is keeping his initial momentum out of the starting blocks and, with it, gathering a wave of momentum entering the London Games where he may just be the favorite. That’s saying something in a 110-meter hurdles field that includes reigning champion and record holder Dayron Robles of Cuba, 2004 Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang of China and world champion Jason Richardson.