EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sydney McLaughlin looked to her left and saw the number “51.90.” Her first thought: “Oh my god!”
Finally, the 400m world record from obstacles is hers.
On Sunday night at the U.S. Olympic track testing, McLaughlin finally defeated Dalilah Muhammad to secure the victory and recorded that Muhammad still grabbed every match. McLaughlin’s 51.90 was good enough to beat Muhammad by 0.52 seconds, breaking the record. Old World of Muhammad Go 0.26
“It’s one of those moments that you think and dream about and play in your head. You put them together,” said McLaughlin, who recently aligned with coach Bobby Kersey.
Her records were the highlight of the day that included other types of history.
Noah Lyles wins 200 meters from his Olympic ticket fight It then celebrated by kneeling on the treadmill and holding his hands together: “I just stop stressing and let my body do what it does,”; he said after posting a 19.74 world-leading time behind him. of some tedious laps running through 100 and 200 laps.
He featured 17-year-old Erriyon Knighton, who finished third, making him the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track team since Jim Ryun in 1964.
JuVaughn Harrison, 22, of LSU, won one, but two on the same day to become the first American to compete in both high and long jump Olympics since Jim Thorpe in 1912.
“For years some people wouldn’t do that,” Harrison said. “It’s really good for me to have my name in history like that.”
It was an amazing enough achievement on a normal day, today – unbelievable.
Temperatures at Hayward Field reached 108 degrees and the track surface exceeded 150.
It forced USA Track and Field to cease operations at about 3 p.m., shortly after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks was pushed off the rails in a wheelchair. Brooks was fourth when she went down during the warm-up. The match resumed five hours later, and Annie Kunz won.
Much earlier in the day, Paul Chelimo won .19 seconds in the men’s 5000 finish line, which was moved in the morning to beat the heat. Later on the track, Athing Mu won the women’s 800 race and Cole Hocker edged out reigning Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz in the 1,500.
McLaughlin’s match was delayed by about four hours. she said waiting “It’s just a little bit of our plan.”
“But we’re ready for that,” she said. “Bobby always talks about Muhammad Ali and always has to be ready for that left hook.”
In this case, it was another Muhammad — Dalilah Muhammad — who prepared McLaughlin in her own way for today.
This is the third consecutive major event where the two have competed against each other and set a world record. two times ago Muhammad took the lead. It happened two years ago on a rainy day in Des Moines, Iowa, at the national championship. A few months after at worlds in Qatar, McLaughlin ran 52.23 in the world but lost .07 seconds. That mark would have been a world record if she performed before Muhammad began writing books that season.
“Dalilah is a great competitor. And I grew up to be myself,” McLaughlin explained when asked if she had the wind after running at such a good time, coming in second only.
She also credits the new feeling of faith and, of course, Kersee for this breakthrough.
Kersee is a legend who has squashed some of the biggest players in the industry for years, including Allyson Felix, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Florence Griffith Joyner.
He put McLaughlin on a new plan – keeping her focused on improving her form by running shorter obstacle courses.
McLaughlin said, “It’s a trusting process. And there are things that you really can’t see. “But having a childlike faith In trusting everything will work. Bobby is really good at that.”
Muhammad said that reaching the beginning this year The year that started with the trauma and fear of COVID-19 was never certain. She said she couldn’t stop 55 seconds to start the season.
“Almost a month in a row, I asked[coach]every day in training, ‘Are you sure?'” Muhammad said. “I am extremely grateful to be here today. And thank you so much that those defeats are behind me.”
Next up is the Olympics. The 400 hurdles final will take place on August 4. The world record at this event is always in jeopardy.
“She definitely put pressure on me,” Muhammad said during an on-field interview. She then turned to McLaughlin and said: “Congratulations, world record holder. It will definitely be a fight in Tokyo.”