EUGENE (REUTERS/AFP) - World record holder and Olympic champion Aries Merritt failed to make the United States team for the Rio Games when he finished fourth in the 110 metres hurdles final at the American trials on Saturday.
Merritt, who received a kidney transplant in September, needed to finish in the top three to qualify for Rio. He clocked 13.22 seconds, 1/100th of a second behind third place.
In the 200m sprint, Justin Gatlin powered to victory, surging home ahead of in-form rival LaShawn Merritt.
Gatlin, who had already won the 100m earlier in the meet at Hayward Field, took the lead on the opening curve and held on to win in 19.75 seconds, his fastest time of the season.
LaShawn was second in 19.79sec with Ameer Webb grabbing the third qualifying spot in 20.00sec.