- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Defending Olympic champion Aries Merritt says he’ll go to Brazil if he makes the U.S. team, even though Zika poses a greater risk to him because he’s less than a year removed from a kidney transplant.

The 110-meter hurdler said doctors urged him to skip his repeat chance because the mosquito-borne virus could impact him worse than most due to the transplant.

But Merritt says he’ll take the chance because, at 30, he doesn’t know if it will come around again.

Merritt won bronze at last year’s world championships with his kidneys barely functioning because of a genetic disorder. He received the transplant from his sister less than a week later.

Still healing, he’ll try to qualify for the U.S. team at Olympic trials starting Friday.


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