Merritt upsets Wariner to win 400-meter gold medal

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BEIJING - LaShawn Merritt has upset defending champion Jeremy Wariner to lead a U.S. sweep of the medals in the 400 meters at the Olympics.

Merritt pulled away down the stretch Thursday night to win in 43.75 seconds - nearly a full second ahead of silver medalist Wariner, who finished in 44.74.

The third American in the final, David Neville, did a head-first dive across the finish line and wound up with the bronze in 44.80.

"I didn't have anything left," Wariner said. "I don't know what to say. I ran the best I could."

Wariner joins a long list of 2007 world champions from the United States who failed to win gold in Beijing.


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