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U.S. sweeps medals in men's 400 meters

August 21, 2008

BEIJING (AP) -- LaShawn Merritt has upset defending champion Jeremy Wariner to lead a U.S. sweep of the medals in the 400 meters at the Olympics.

Merritt pulled away down the stretch Thursday night to win in 43.75 seconds -- nearly a full second ahead of silver medalist Wariner, who finished in 44.74.

The third American in the final, David Neville, did a head-first dive across the finish line and wound up with the bronze in 44.80.

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