Aries Merritt of U.S. sets world record

Updated: September 7, 2012, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

BRUSSELS -- Aries Merritt already had the Olympic gold, so there was only one way to make this season even more special.

And in his last -- near-perfect -- 110-meter hurdles race of the year, the American put in a world record-breaking performance that had him shaking his head in disbelief.

Merritt finished in 12.80 seconds Friday at the Van Damme Memorial, slicing a full 0.07 seconds off the 4-year-old world record set by Cuba's Dayron Robles.

In an event where records are ...

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