Name: LaShawn Merritt
Birth date: June 27, 1986
LaShawn Merritt is a gold medal winning track and field athlete. He won the gold in two events in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and three gold and one silver medals in the 2009 World Championships. A competition developed between Merritt and reigning World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner. In the 2008 Summer Olympics Merritt ran the 400 m at 43.75, topping Warnier’s 43.86 run, making Merritt the fifth fastest 400 m runner on the all-time lists.