LaShawn Merritt: Bronze medalist … considerate boyfriend … American hero
RIO DE JANEIRO — American LaShawn Merritt won the bronze in the 400-meter here Sunday.
America should cheer for this, cheer for him. Not simply because an American won bronze. Americans are so jaded by piles of gold medals, bronzes hardly register anymore. They should. Merritt ran a blistering 43.85 seconds. The winner, Wayde Van Niekerk of South Africa, just happened to break the world record with a more blistering 43.03. No shame in that.