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The two sides of LaShawn Merritt

Updated: July 19, 2012, 1:49 PM ET
By Luke Cyphers

The man on the track was his usual dominant self, with his usual laconic look.

LaShawn Merritt had just taken care of business at the U.S. Olympic trials, winning the 400 meters and stating clearly with his time of 44.12 seconds that he is not to be messed with in London.

He sat next to a pair of feel-good stories at his post-victory news conference: Tony McQuay, a Florida college kid who finished second and helped keep his idol, once-great Jeremy Wariner, ...

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