Track and field athlete, LaShawn Merritt, who competes in sprinting events, but specializing in the 400 meters, is also a former Olympics champion over the distance and his personal best of 43.65 seconds builds him the 6th fastest of all time.
LaShawn was suspended for 21 months for failing a drug test. However, he proved himself after he came back into relay racing and entitled the trophy on his named winning 4 × 400 m relay race in Rio Olympic Games.
LaShawn Merritt's Net Worth
The young and talented American runner, Merritt has estimated net worth from his professional career as track and field athlete. According to some source, he reportedly has an estimated net worth of over $2.5 million dollars. LaShawn earned the high amount of income from the sponsors and advertisements like Nike.
He began his career as a junior athlete at 2004 from 'World Junior Championship in Athletics', where he also got the surprising victory the gold medal in 400 meters and set two records in the 4x100 m and 4x400 m relay. Later on, the Virginia-born athlete participated in 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won two gold medals for the USA in 400meters and 4x400 meters relay. But unfortunately, he wasn’t participating in the 2012's London Olympics due to hinged by the court of Arbitration for sports because of a doping test.
But LaShawn came back and participated in 2016 Rio Olympics, where he played in Men's 400 meters on 13th August 2016 Saturday at 6:22 AM in 'Heat5' with 'Lane 7.' At the game, he secured the third position in the 400 meters, whereas he succeed to win the game in 4 × 400 m relay.
2016 Rio Olympics: LaShawn Merritt Added The Medal For America Medals Tally
LaShawn Merritt succeeded to win the game in the men's 4x400meter relay on 20th August 2016 Saturday at Olympics Stadium, Rio, four years after the Bahamas came from at the back off to bang the Americans down to silver. Arman Hall, Tony McQuay, Gill Roberts, and Merritt got back the Olympics title to American hands. He split 43.9 as the American team ended 2:57.30 and Jamaican team was 2nd position in 2:58.16, and the Bahamas was 3rd with 2:58.49. Prior to the Rio Olympics, LaShawn won the previous two gold medals and six of seven from his hard training.
LaShawn Merritt participates and secures third and the first position in 400 meters and 4 × 400 m relay respectively on 2016 Rio Olympics (Photo: usatoday.com)
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Is LaShawn Merritt Married Now?
The 32-year-old American Olympics runner, LaShawn Merritt has kept his personal life low key and has remained taciturn about his romantic love affair with a possible girlfriend. As per some sources, LaShawn has been romantically linked to American radio host Trina and was spotted various places together. So people thought that they in a relationship with each other. However, the pair has not made any confirmation about their relationship.
In December 2014, LaShawn spoke in an interview with pilotonline.com that he hopes he would be married within a decade. When the interviewer asked him what his future holds for him and where he finds himself within 10 years from then. He replied saying that within ten years, he hopes getting married. Meanwhile, he showed his priority to a career rather than personal life. He said;
"I have a lot of motivation over these next couple of years with World Championships and the (2016) Olympics, so it's exciting... In 10 years, hopefully, I'll be married and have several businesses and be at peace and not be worried about finances. If I could have that, that's it."
As of now, LaShawn Merritt has not gushed about his soon-to-be wife in any of his interviews. Currently, he is unmarried.
LaShawn Merritt's Wiki And Bio
LaShawn Merritt was born in Virginia, the USA on 27th June 1986. The man was graduated from the Woodrow Wilson High School, Virginia. He was born to parents Owen Merritt and Brenda Stukes alongside his brother named Antwan. However, in 1999, his brother died at the age of 18, after he was killed when he jumped out of a dorm room window to escape from the fight at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The tragic death of brother even inspired him to become a runner. LaShawn holds the American nationality and belongs to black ethnicity. LaShawn stands at the height of 6 feet 2 inches height with a weight of 84 kg. B