Sydney McLaughlin broke the world record in the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in 13 months, clocking 50.68 seconds to complete her trophy suitcase with her first World Championship gold medal in the sport.
She broke her previous record from a month ago – 51.14.
“We thought we could move a little faster [than 50.68],” she said Lewis Johnson NBC Sports. “But we are very grateful for this time. Anything under 51 was a victory for us.”
Since June 2021, she has lowered her world record from 52.16 to 50.68. She is nine tenths of a second faster than the second fastest woman in history, a compatriot. Delilah Muhammadwho took bronze after the Dutch Femke Bol in Eugene, Oregon on Friday.
22-year-old McLaughlin became the second-youngest track and field athlete in history to receive the three biggest individual awards – Olympic gold, a world title and a world record. The only Ethiopian long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele kept all three at a younger age.
McLaughlin forced out Usain Bolt as the second youngest person to complete a triple in a few days.
McLaughlin also matched Edwin MosesHe broke the world record in the 400m hurdles four times in his career, although it took Moses seven years to do so.
What’s next for McLaughlin? Most likely a spot in Sunday’s women’s 4x400m relay final if the US qualifies and if she wants to race again.
Then, perhaps, the transition to an apartment 400m. legendary Coach McLaughlin, Bob Kerseysaid she is ultimately going to return to the event and chase that (37-year-old) world record, possibly after this season, NBC Sports analyst. Ato Boldon said last month.
“Bobby and I are going to come back after the season, decide if it will be [400m hurdles] it’s still an event that I even want to do or if we’re going to find something else because I think we’ve achieved so much in it,” McLaughlin said. “Maybe [the flat 400m]. Everything is possible. Bobby will let me know. I follow what he says.”
The World Championships will continue on Saturday with six finals, including the 4x100m relay.
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Earlier on Friday Michael Norman became the first American to win a world title in the 400 meters since LaShawn Merritt in 2013. Norman, the world’s fastest 400m runner in the last Olympic cycle but fifth in Tokyo, earned his first world-class individual medal. For the first time since 2007, American men have won gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the Olympics or World Championships.
“It’s a big relief now,” Norman said. “It was a very long three years, a disappointment and a life lesson in Doha. [2019 World Championships]COVID and then a slap in the face in Tokyo.”
Shauna Miller-Weebo from the Bahamas added her first world title to her two Olympic gold medals in the 400m with a 49.11 Olympic silver medalist over the course. Marilady Paulino Dominican Republic by 0.49. The Americans did not reach the final.
Kara Winger extended the historic meeting of American throwers by becoming the first American woman to win a World Championship medal in the women’s javelin throw. Winger, a 36-year-old who plans to retire after this season, has moved from fifth to second in her sixth and final shot. Her Turf has more on the female javelin here.
“It was more than I could ever have imagined,” said Winger, who returned from ACL tear surgery in 2012, 2020 and 2015 following surgery on his left shoulder. “I imagined it, but it was better than I imagined.”
American Olympic champion Ating Mu led the qualifiers to Sunday’s 800m final. All of her top contenders also made it out of the semi-finals, including the Olympic silver medalist. Keely Hodgkinson Great Britain and two Americans: Olympic bronze medalist Raven Rogers and two-time World Championship bronze medalist Aji Wilson.
Both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay from the USA reached the finals on Saturday. The men are the favourites, even without the injured 100m gold medalist. Fred Kerley. Women are outsiders of Jamaica, which won medals in the 100m.
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