Three day ago marked the fourth anniversary of Aries Merritt’s sensational 12.80 world record in the 110m hurdles which he set at the 2012 edition of the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels. It was the last world record that I’ve personally witnessed, and it remains firmly etched in my mind: his blazing start, his acceleration over the first three hurdles, the massive lead he built by hurdle five. And the smile that wouldn’t quit about an hour after his race.
Here are five snaps I recently unearthed taken during his post-race press conference. For a quick look back, highlights from that press conference are here.