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LaShawn Merritt returning to the track

7/28/2011

STOCKHOLM -- World 400 champion LaShawn Merritt returns to the track the DN Galan meet on Friday after his 21-month doping ban expired Wednesday.

"Stockholm, Sweden...THE SCENE," Merritt tweeted Thursday.

The 2008 Olympic champion was suspended after he tested positive for a banned substance found in a male-enhancement product. He appealed and an arbitration panel knocked three months off his two-year ban after ruling that he had not used the product to gain a competitive advantage.

He has been cleared to run at the world championships despite missing the United States trials after USA Track and Field granted him a waiver. His eligibility for next year's London Olympics remains in limbo pending a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has a hearing scheduled on Aug. 17.

Merritt will be up against world leader Rondell Bartholomew of Grenada and American hurdles specialist Angelo Taylor at the Diamond League event.