Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record in the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in the last 13 months, timing 50.68 seconds to complete her trophy case with her first World Championship gold medal at the event.
She broke her previous record of 51.14 set a month ago.
“We thought we could go a little faster [than 50.68],” She said LewisJohnson by NBC Sports. “But we are super grateful for this time. Anything under 51 was a win for us.”
As of June 2021, she has lowered the world record from 52.16 to 50.68. She is nine tenths of a second faster than the second fastest woman in history, the country woman Dalilah Muhammadwho took bronze behind Dutchwoman Femke Bol in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday.
McLaughlin, 22, became the second youngest track and field athlete in history to own the three greatest honors in a single event — Olympic gold, world title and world record. Only Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenissa Bekele kept all three at a younger age.
McLaughlin ousted Usain Bolt as the second youngest person to complete the treble in a matter of days.
McLaughlin also passed Edvin Moses‘ Feat of breaking the world record in the 400m hurdles four times in his career, although it took Moses seven years to do it.
What’s next for McLaughlin? Likely a place in the women’s 4 x 400m relay final on Sunday should the American qualify and want to compete again.
Then maybe a change to the flat 400m. McLaughlins legendary trainer, Bob Kerseesaid she will eventually turn to this event and chase this (37-year-old) world record, maybe after this season, NBC Sports Analyst Atto Boldon said last month.
“Me and Bobby will be returning after the season, decide if that’s the case [400m hurdles] is still an event that I even want to do, or if we’re going to find something else because I think we’ve accomplished so much at that,” McLaughlin said. “It could be [the flat 400m]. Everything is possible. Bobby will let me know. I follow what he says.”
The World Championships continue on Saturday with six finals including the 4x100m relay.
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friday earlier, Michael Norman became the first American to win a world title in the 400m since LaShawn Merritt in 2013. Norman, the world’s fastest 400-meter sprinter in the last Olympic cycle, still fifth in Tokyo, won his first world individual medal. It is the first time since 2007 that the US men have won the 100m, 200m and 400m gold medals at an Olympics or a World Championships.
“Right now I’m very relieved,” Norman said. “It was an extremely long three years, disappointment and life lesson in Doha [2019 World Championships]COVID and then a slap in the face in Tokyo.”
Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas added her first world title to her two Olympic gold medals in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.11 for the Olympic silver medalist over the distance Marileidy Paulino of the Dominican Republic at .49. No American reached the final.
Kara Winger extended a historic meeting for US women throwers and became the first American to win a World Championship medal in the women’s javelin. Winger, a 36-year-old who plans to retire after this season, moved up from fifth to second with her sixth and final throw. On Her Turf has more about the women’s javelin throw here.
“It was more than I could ever have imagined,” said Winger, who returned from cruciate ligament surgery in 2012 and 2020 and left shoulder surgery in 2015. “I imagined it, but it was better than I imagined.”
American Olympic champion Athen Mu led the qualifiers into Sunday’s 800m final. All of her top challengers also came out of the semifinals, including the Olympic silver medalist Keeley Hodgkinson by Great Britain and two Americans: Olympic bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers and two-time world bronze medalist Ajee Wilson.
Both the US men’s and women’s 4x100m relays advanced to the finals on Saturday. The men are favorites, even without an injured 100m gold medalist Fred Kerley. The women are underdogs after Jamaica, which won the 100 meter medals.
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