Hurdler Aries Merritt who is a world record holder as well as an Olympic champion finished fourth in the 110 metres hurdle at the US trials on Saturday theA�hence failed to make the cut for the team to Rio de Janeiro Games.
Only recently in September, Merritt had undergone surgery for a kidney transplant and had to finish in the top three to qualify for the Games. But he clocked 13.22 seconds and missed the third place just by a hundredth of a second.
“I thought I had finished second or third,” said the 30-year-old, who was leading with two hurdles to go.
“When it came up fourth I was shocked.
The surprise winner in the category was college student Devon Allen who clocked 13.03 seconds while with 13.21 seconds Ronnie Ash and Jeff Porter finished behind him.
A torn groin five weeks ago had slowed Merritt’s progress this season, he said.
“This was only my fourth meet of the year,” he added. “To be where I am is a miracle.
“It’s a pity I am not going to the Games because I know in six weeks time I will be in much better shape.”