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EUGENE, Ore. — Five years ago at the US Olympic track and field, Sydney McLaughlin was a high school student trying to prove she was the owner.

This time, she proved that she was the fastest 400m hurdles ever.

In the most anticipated Olympics on Sunday night. McLaughlin broke a world record and steered reigning world champion Dalilah Muhammad to overcome the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 51.90.

Now 21, McLaughlin will return to the Olympics for the second time in her career. and this time as a gold medal lover and world record holder

“It’s an honor,” McLaughlin said of breaking the previous mark set by Muhammad in 2019. “There have been so many amazing women before me. There were so many amazing women following me. I just want to leave a mark and being part of such an amazing sport.”

Muhammad, the reigning world champion in this show. Second place at 52.42 Anna Cockrell came in 3rd in the US team round. by overtaking Shamir Little.

It was a wonderful moment for McLaughlin to go from a genius in high school to an all-American college to a world silver medalist in four years.

She is widely regarded as one of the most promising high school track and field athletes ever when she arrived at the 2016 Olympics. Tokyo at the age of 16 but failed to reach the finals in Rio.

In the years and months since McLaughlin returned to work, she won the NCAA title in 2018 during her brief college career in Kentucky. It then finished second behind Muhammad at the 2019 World Championships.

Then, last summer, McLaughlin switched coaches and began working with legendary coach Bobby Kersee, with the Allyson Felix training group. Kersee had McLaughlin compete in the 60m obstacle course in an indoor meetup. She then did a 100m outdoor obstacle course to continue practicing her technique before retreating to her normal distance.

McLaughlin said, “A lot of people don’t understand. Because they didn’t see what that meant in our guidelines for 400 hurdles.” “I knew right away it made sense. And as time passed and strength began to form It clearly reflects how we can get to this point.”

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Mu to control in 800 .of women

Athing Mu’s jailbreak season continues in Tokyo.

Mu won the women’s 800 meters race on Sunday. By crossing the finish line at 1:56.07 to set a new meeting record and win the race. The 19-year-old’s time is also the second fastest time for an American woman.

Raevyn Rogers finished second with a best score of 1:57.66 and Ajee’ Wilson 1:58.39 was good enough for third place.

Mu has maximum time on the field going into Sunday’s finals. The mid-term phenomenon is in the midst of a great season. In her freshman year at Texas A&M, Mu broke many college records. including women’s distances of 400 and 800 meters. She was also named the NCAA National Women’s Track Indoor and Outdoor Sportswoman of the Year.

Finished shooting 1500 meters.

Appropriately, the final mid-term match of the Test was held at the brand-new Hayward Stadium on the University of Oregon campus. two ducks left

Reigning NCAA champion Cole Hocker used the final sprint frenzy to beat reigning Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz Jr. and win the men’s 1,500 meters. The match was decided by .06 seconds, with Hocker registered with a winning time of 3:35.28. Notre Dame Elder Yared Nukuse finished third.

Hocker, who just finished his freshman year at Oregon, is heading to Tokyo after a great college debut. He won the national indoor championships in both the mile and 3,000 meters, then beat Nuguse to win the 1,500 outdoor event at Hayward Field before the Olympics began.

Heptathlete’s fervor

Taliyah Brooks sat in fourth before the final heptathlon when she fell on the treadmill due to apparent heat exhaustion.

Brooks received medical treatment and was placed in a wheelchair. Her agent, Tony Campbell, later told the Washington Post that Brooks was “okay” and “consistent.” The Arkansas-based product recently completed the long jump. and was officially listed as “no start” in the event that followed a javelin.

When all tests were delayed by five hours due to the extreme heat, Brooks filed a petition to reenter the competition. which has been approved by the United States Board of Athletics and Sports But by the time Brooks threw the spear, the USATF announced that she had withdrawn.

Double distance for Fisher, Kincaid

Bowerman Track Club teammates Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid booked their stay in Eugene, finishing in the top three as each earned a title in two different events at the Tokyo Olympics.

Fisher and Kincade finished second and third respectively in the men’s 5000 meters race on the final day of testing. More than a week after they came second and first in the men’s 10,000 category.

Paul Chelimo managed both men on Sunday to win 5,000 in 13:26.82.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad. Follow Tyler Dragon on Twitter @TheTylerDragon.

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