Sydney McLaughlin Becomes 400m Hurdle World Record Holder
By Uche Dozie
United States Sydney McLaughlin clocked a staggering time of 51.90 seconds to win women’s 400 metres hurdles in the final of the U.S. Olympic athletics trials on Sunday, BSNSports.com.ng can report.
She broke the world record held by compatriot and Rio Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad’s previous mark of 52.16.
The 21-year-old, who booked her spot at the Tokyo Games, seized the lead around the final bend and into the home stretch to win.
“This season, working with my new coach and just my new support system, it’s truly just faith and trusting the process and I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said McLaughlin, who has the same coach as six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix, Bob Kersee.
McLaughlin is battle ready for the contest against Muhammad, 31, who finished second in 52.42 at Eugene, Oregon’s Hayward Field reports the Reuters.
“It was just such a long season coming,” said Muhammad. “It’s going to be a battle in Tokyo, for sure.”
Anna Cockrell, 23, also booked her ticket to the Games, finishing third in 53.70