LaShawn Merritt injured during 400m

Olympic gold medal 400-meters champion LaShawn Merritt pulled up with a hamstring injury in his qualifying heat, ending his bid to defend his title.

Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with an hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Olympics Day 8 - Athletics
Lashawn Merritt of the United States pulls out with a hamstring injury in the Men's 400m Round 1 Heats on Day 8 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 24: LaShawn Merritt celebrates celebrates after winning the men's 400 meter dash final during Day Three of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 24, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials - Day 3
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 24: LaShawn Merritt celebrates celebrates after winning the men's 400 meter dash final during Day Three of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 24, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 22: LaShawn Merritt competes in opening round of the men's 400 meter dash during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials - Day 1
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 22: LaShawn Merritt competes in opening round of the men's 400 meter dash during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd a
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
13th IAAF World Athletics Championships Daegu 2011 - Day Seven
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 22: LaShawn Merritt competes in opening round of the men's 400 meter dash during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials - Day 1
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 22: LaShawn Merritt competes in opening round of the men's 400 meter dash during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd a
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
13th IAAF World Athletics Championships Daegu 2011 - Day Seven
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
2012 Team USA Media Summit
DALLAS, TX - MAY 14: Track athlete, Lashawn Merritt, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 14, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Olympian LaShawn Merritt attends the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Gala for Benji during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the Borough of Manhattan Community College on April 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after
US' Lashawn Merritt looks dejected after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd a
US' Lashawn Merritt waves to the crowd after pulling up from the men's 400m heats at the athletics event during the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 4, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
13th IAAF World Athletics Championships Daegu 2011 - Day Seven
DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA - SEPTEMBER 02: LaShawn Merritt of the USA crosses the finish line to claim victory in the men's 4x400 metres relay final during day seven of 13th IAAF World Athletics Championships at Daegu Stadium on September 2, 2011 in Daegu, South Korea. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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