Sydney McLaughlin blazes to world record on way to gold in electrifying 400m hurdles

Sydney McLaughlin wins gold in the 400-meter hurdles, setting new world record.

8/4/2021 6:10:00 AM

Sydney McLaughlin wins gold in the 400-meter hurdles, setting new world record.

The U.S. team finished in the top two spots as McLaughlin dethroned teammate and former world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad as the Olympic champion.

Aug. 4, 2021, 3:02 AM UTCSydney McLaughlin roared back after the final set of hurdles to win 400m hurdles gold Wednesday in Tokyo, breaking her own world record from U.S. Trials in 51.46 to dethrone teammate and former world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad as the Olympic champion.

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Muhammad, the reigning world champion, hung on for silver in a personal-best 51.58.Rising star Femke Bol of the Netherlands, already fourth-fastest of all time, captured bronze in 52.03.USA's Sydney Mclaughlin celebrates after winning the women's 400m hurdles final setting a new world record during the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, on Aug. 4, 2021.

Javier Soriano / AFP via Getty ImagesAfter finishing second to a pair of Muhammad's world record-breaking races at the 2019 U.S. Championships and World Championships, McLaughlin finally answered back at U.S. Olympic Trials in 2021 with one of her own in 51.90, becoming the first 400m hurdler to go sub-52. headtopics.com

She made her Olympic debut as a 17-year-old prodigy at the 2016 Rio Games, becoming the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian in 44 years, but had an early exit in the semis.After finishing high school, she attended the University of Kentucky then turned pro.

Under first coach Joanna Hayes, the 2004 Olympic 100m hurdles champion, she won silver medal at the 2019 World Championships behind Muhammad.But near the start of this year she announced she'd changed coaches to Bobby Kersee, husband of six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and longtime coach of Allyson Felix.

After a 2021 season with several high-hurdle races, presumably chosen by Kersee to increase McLaughlin's speed, she didn't run her first 400m hurdles race until early June.Men’s event gold medalist, Norwegian Karsten Warholm, also shattered his own world record Tuesday, clocking a 45.94 to win a final in which nearly the entire field set personal bests.

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Sydney McLaughlin sets world record; Dalilah Muhammad wins silver in 400 hurdlesThe 21-year-old McLaughlin won the women's 400-meter hurdles in dominant fashion, beating compatriot Dalilah Muhammad in a world record 51.46 seconds. Superstar!

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Sydney McLaughlin sets world record; Dalilah Muhammad wins silver in 400 hurdlesThe 21-year-old McLaughlin won the women's 400-meter hurdles in dominant fashion, beating compatriot Dalilah Muhammad in a world record 51.46 seconds. Superstar!

Sydney McLaughlin wins women's 400 meters hurdlesThe Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics. I would sure love to see you at my premiere tomorrow. It's at 12 noon. See you then. and Femke Bol has an European Record! and bronze! 🥉ned What a finish , what a race , extremely exciting