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Double the fun? Merritt moves on in quest for Olympic double

LaShawn Merritt considers his 200-meter races to be more of a lark than anything else.

Think of the possibilities if they ever become a serious pursuit.

Already qualified for the Olympics in his "real" race, the 400, Merritt pulled away for an easy victory in the opening round of 200-meter qualifying at the rain-soaked U.S. Olympic Trials on Thursday, posting the night's third-best time at 20.09 seconds.

He already has the world's best time this year, at 19.78 seconds, and if world-record holder Usain Bolt's hamstring injury turns out to be worse than expected — well, who knows what could happen?

"It's not really a serious thing for...

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