The World Record holder and Olympic Champion at 110 metres hurdles Aries Merritt, USA, is coming to Malmö Arena to run 60 metres hurdles at Malmö Games on February 25! Aries had a fantastic year in 2012 when he was undefeated and won Indoor World Championships, broke the World Record with 12.80 and won gold at the Olympic Games i London. Thereafter he had som injury problems but are now back and has already run 60 meters hurdles in 7.57 in his opening race on February 7.
Aries will turn 30 this year and has a long carrier behind him but really made a break through at 27 years of age after changing his training but mainly changing his technique with for example moving from 8 to 7 steps to the first hurdle. That transition means that you have to change starting position and also get another rhythm to the first hurdle, something that Aries executed with elegance and led to him becoming the fastest hurdler in the world.
He has run in Sweden several times but never in Malmö and he says:
– I’m really excited to come to Malmö! Every time I have been to Sweden in the past I have run very fast so I am looking forward to ending my indoor season there. I’m looking forward to finish with a bang in Malmö!
The already strong field in 60 metres hurdles, with reigning World Champion at 110 metres hurdles from 2013 David Oliver from USA and former world record holder and Olympic Champion from 2008 Dayron Robles from Cuba, has been reinforced. There will be a challenge between three hurdle kings in Malmö!