RIO DE JANEIRO — LaShawn Merritt won a bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and set a season-best time in the process.
“It was a great race and I knew it was going to be a fast one,” Merritt said. “I didn’t think it was going to be 43 seconds fast, but we got our medals.”
Merritt ran 43.85 seconds and was in contention throughout the race. He had a strong start but couldn’t maintain the record-setting pace of South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk.
The South African’s time of 43.03 seconds broke the world record of 43.18 that was set by Michael Johnson in 1999.
“He has been running well and it just came down to who wanted it today,” Merritt said of van Niekerk. “He was the one today.”