Portsmouth Plans Celebration for Olympian LaShawn Merritt


Officials have planned an event for Friday to celebrate Portsmouth native and Olympic medalist LaShawn Merritt.

Merritt, a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and took home two medals. He helped the U.S. Men’s team win gold in the 4x400m relay and won a bronze medal for the Men’s 400m. He placed sixth in the Men’s 200m at Rio.

Merritt also competed in the Beijing Olympic Games and took home two gold medals that year.

City officials will hold an event called the LaShawn Merritt Day Parade and Half-Time Presentation.

Like the name suggests, the event will feature a parade and halftime presentation at the I.C. Norcom and Woodrow Wilson football game at Joe G. Langston Stadium.

Mayor Kenny Wright will be on hand to present Merritt with a key to the city.

The parade is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Godwin and High Streets. Kickoff for the I.C. Norcom and Woodrow Wilson game is set for 7 p.m.