Lashawn Merritt entered the national stage as a junior by winning gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships and established himself in 2007 by winning a silver medal in the 400m at the World Championships. In the 2008 Olympic games in Bejjing, Merritt took home the gold medal in the 400 meters and set a personal best time. LaShawn’s success in sprinting has given him great opportunities on and off the track and was signed by Nike as one of their premier track athletes.
Off the track, Lashawn enjoys volunteering time in his hometown of Portsmouth, VA by visiting kids at school to encourage them to be their best, and giving back to the local community at various events.
Currently, Lashawn is focusing his efforts on training for the 2015 World Championships and then further down the road, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.