Reigning Olympic and world champion Jeremy
Wariner and rival LaShawn Merritt have qualified for the Olympic
semifinals at 400 meters.
Both built big leads and were able to jog home to win their
respective heats Monday morning. Wariner won the last of seven
heats in 45.23 seconds, while Merritt led the fifth heat in 44.96.
The pair of U.S. sprinters finished 1-2 at the 2007 world
championships and own the year's two best times in the one-lap test
of speed and endurance. Wariner has said he intends to break the
world record of 43.18 set at the 1999 world championships by
Michael Johnson -- who now serves as Wariner's manager.
The 400 semifinals are Tuesday, the final Thursday.