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Olympic injury worry for Merritt

ESPN staff
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Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt is confident of being fit for London 2012 despite pulling up shortly before the home straight in the men's 400 metres in the Diamond League event in Monaco.

The two-time Olympic gold medalist, he also won relay gold in Beijing, was poised to challenge when he faltered before hopping up and down and then clutching the back of his left leg.

"I went to cycle again and I felt it (the hamstring) kind of shake. It was like a cramp almost," Merritt said after the race, which was won by Belgium's Jonathan Borlee. "It feels kind of tight, it feels like after a cramp. After you have a cramp you have that soreness, but the fact that I can do this (flexing his leg) is reassuring."

The 26-year-old looked relaxed in a post-race chat with journalists, sugesting he will be fit for the Olympics.

Asked if he thought he will be fully fit for London, Merritt said: "Yeah, I think so." He then added: "We have a great medical staff at USA track and field.

"I'm feeling confident, I'll get this looked at; get ready for London."

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