Sydney McLaughlin on Sunday night Breaking the world record in the women’s 400m hurdles
McLaughlin, 21, who recorded a time of 51.90 seconds, overtook Dalilah Muhammad to win the Olympics in Eugene, Oregon. She became the first woman to break a 52-second barrier.
Her time broke the previous record of 52.16 seconds, with Muhammad finishing second on Sunday.
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“Oh my god!” McLaughlin said after she saw the number “51.90” at the end of the race.
“It’s one of those moments that you think and dream about and play in your head. You have to put it all together,” said McLaughlin, who started working with coach Bobby Kersee in 2020.
Kersee had McLaughlin focus on improving her form by running shorter hurdles. She credits her coach and a new sense of faith for her progress.
McLaughlin said, “It’s a trusting process. And there are things that you really can’t see. “But just having a childish faith In trusting everything will turn out fine. Bobby is really good at that.”
Her success came on the day when temperatures at Hayward Field reached 108 degrees and the track surface exceeded 150.
The extreme heat forced the US athletics stadium to halt operations around 3 p.m. after heptathlete Taliyah Brooks was pushed off the track in a wheelchair. McLaughlin’s match was delayed by about four hours.
she said waiting “It’s just a little in our plans.”
“But we are ready for that,” McLaughlin 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 for Sunday in her own way. It is the third consecutive major tournament where the two have competed against each other and set a world record.
two times ago Muhammad took the lead.
The first happened two years ago on a rainy day in Des Moines, Iowa, at the national championships. A few months later the world in Qatar McLaughlin ran 52.23 at the world – but lost .07 seconds. That mark would be a world record if she performed before Muhammad began writing books that season.
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“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, but only in second place.
Muhammad said getting to the start in a year that started with the injuries and fears of COVID-19 was never a certainty. She also noted that 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, are you sure?'” Muhammad said. “I am very 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. Muhammad took home gold in Brazil in 2016. Muhammad defeated vice-champion McLaughlin at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
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“She definitely put pressure on me,” Muhammad said during an on-field interview. She then turned to McLaughlin and said: “Congratulations, you’re a world record holder. It will definitely be a battle in Tokyo.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.