Wheeler High School graduate Aries Merritt has been peaking at the right time in his quest to be one of the best hurdlers in the world.
Merritt and the rest of the field in the 110-meter race will run preliminary heats starting at 5 a.m. ET Tuesday in the London Olympics.
Merritt, 27, graduated in 2003 from Wheeler, where he was a track standout with 2008 Olympic 4×400 relay gold medalist Reggie Witherspoon. After a slow start to his international career, Merritt has done his family in Mableton proud in recent months.
After winning the U.S. Olympic trials in June, Merritt, a former college star at Tennessee, was pegged as one of the favorites in the event, along with Liu Xiang of China and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dayron Robles of Cuba.
They’re considered icons of their discipline, while Merritt, who broke the 60-meter hurdles world