Nov. 1, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Olympic gold medalist, world record holder and former Tennessee track and field standout Aries Merritt will be honored on the field this Saturday as the Vol football team hosts Troy at Neyland Stadium at noon. Merritt will be recognized during the first timeout of the second quarter.
In his first Olympic Games, Merritt blazed past a star-studded field, including past gold medal winners and the world record holder, to capture the gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles this summer in London. He posted a personal-best time of 12.92 seconds in the race – marking the fastest time in the world to date in 2012 and the second fastest time in Olympic history – to become the Tennessee track and field program’s sixth gold medal winner.
A seven-time All-American and two-time NCAA Champion with the Vols, Merritt’s storybook season wasn’t finished. Just one month after the Olympics, he shattered the 110-meter hurdles world record in Brussels. He finished the event in 12.8 seconds, besting the world record by .07 seconds.
Overall, Tennessee products collected a school-record 10 medals, including six from former UT track and field standouts, at the 2012 Olympics in London.