Aries Merritt prepares for organ transplant
AFTER winning his heat of the 110m hurdles at the world championships, world record holder Aries Merritt admitted he faced a more serious battle than trying to add a world title to his Olympic gold medal from London.
The 30-year-old has a rare genetic disorder and is scheduled to receive one of his sister's kidneys on September 1.
Merritt (pictured) was diagnosed back in 2013 and admitted he had thought his career could be over.
"When they told me I'd never run again, my whole world ended in my mind," the American told reporters in Beijing. "That I am here again running shows me that I'm a fighter and that I can overcome anything if I stay with a positive mind."
Merritt said he was just taking the world championships "one race at a time", adding he hoped he would be able to compete at next year's Olympics in Rio, provided his kidney trans-plant was successful.