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Aries Merritt tries to make Olympic team with new kidney

Hurdler Aries Merritt captured a bronze medal at worlds last August with his kidneys operating at barely 10 percent. No wonder he's beaming at the prospect of competing at full health again.

The chance to defend his Olympic title in the 110-meter hurdles in Rio is a very real possibility. All that's standing in his way is a top-three finish at U.S. Track and Field Trials this weekend.

Doctors didn't think Merritt would be ready in time after receiving a new kidney from his sister 10 months ago. They grew even less optimistic when he developed complications that resulted in another surgery — this one to place the kidney deeper into his abdomen.

What the doctors...