Sydney McLaughlin broke the 400-meter hurdles world record for the fourth time in the previous 13 months, adding her first gold medal from the world championships. She broke her previous record of 51.14 from a month prior.
She told NBC Sports’ Lewis Johnson, “We hoped we’d be able to run a little bit faster [than 50.68]. But we’re quite appreciative of the time. Anything less than 51 was a victory for us.
She has lowered the world record from 52.16 to 50.68 since June 2021. She is nine tenths of a second faster than her native countrywoman Dalilah Muhammad, who finished second to the Dutchwoman Femke Bol in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday. Muhammad is the second-fastest woman in history.
The second-youngest track and field athlete in history, Sydney McLaughlin, 22, now holds the three highest honours in a single event: Olympic gold, world title. Only distance runner Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia held all three records when she was younger.
By a few days, McLaughlin overtook Usain Bolt as the second-youngest person to do the triple. Despite Edwin Moses needing seven years to accomplish it, Sydney McLaughlin also equaled his feat of breaking the 400m hurdles world record four times throughout the course of a lifetime.
What will Sydney McLaughlin do next? Probably a position in the women’s 4×400-meter relay final on Sunday, should the United States qualify and if she chooses to compete one more time.
Then, possibly, a change to the 400m flat distance. According to Sydney McLaughlin illustrious coach Bob Kersee, she will eventually focus on that competition and attempt to break the (37-year-old) world record, possibly after this season, NBC Sports analyst Ato Boldon stated last time.
Sydney McLaughlin do what Bobby asks –
After the season, Bobby and I will assess if the 400-meter hurdles is still an event I even want to compete in or if we should look for anything else to do, according to Sydney McLaughlin. “It might be [the 400m flat]. Everything is conceivable. Bobby will inform me. I do as he asks.
She desired to compete in another race.
Earlier on Friday, Michael Norman won the 400-meter world championship, becoming the first American man to do it since LaShawn Merritt in 2013. Norman, who finished sixth in Tokyo despite being the fastest 400-meter runner in the world during the previous Olympic cycle, won his first individual medal. The American men’s 100-, 200-, and 400-meter gold medal sweep in an Olympic or world championship is the first since 2007.
In the 400 metres, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas won her first world championship in addition to her two Olympic gold medals. She did so by setting a time of 49.11 and outpacing Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic, who won the silver medal. In the end, no Americans competed.
All of Sydney McLaughlin best competitors moved to semifinals –
By becoming the first American to take home a medal from the women’s javelin event at the world championships, Kara Winger continued a historic run for American women’s throwers. On her sixth and last pitch, 36-year-old Winger, who intends to retire after this season, advanced from fifth to second. The women’s javelin is covered in more detail in On Her Turf.
Athing Mu, an American with an Olympic gold medal, was the top qualifier for Sunday’s 800m final. All of Sydney McLaughlin best competitors, including American Ajeé Wilson, Olympic bronze medallist Raevyn Rogers, and two-time world bronze medalist Keely Hodgkinson of Great Britain, moved out of the semifinals as well.
The American 4x100m relay teams for men and women qualified for Saturday’s finals. Even without gold medalist in the 100m Fred Kerley, the men are favourites. Jamaica, which won all three of the 100m medals, makes the women the underdog.
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