LaShawn Merritt to run 500m at Millrose

NEW YORK -- Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt will stretch a bit farther from his signature event, running the 500 meters at Millrose Games.

Organizers announced Tuesday that Merritt will compete in the race on Feb. 11 in New York. He won the gold in the 400 and 1,600 relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He's attempting to break the world indoor record in the 500. In 1994, Mark Everett set the Millrose Games mark in the 500 in 1:01.19.

Merritt will join a field that includes Olympian Allyson Felix competing in the 60 and Bernard Lagat in the 5,000.

Merritt completed a 21-month doping ban in July after testing positive for a banned substance found in a male-enhancement product.

His goal is to defend his title in the 400 at the London Olympics.