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Sydney McLaughlin sets world record; Dalilah Muhammad wins silver in 400 hurdles

U.S. star Sydney McLaughlin sets world record to win gold in women's 400-meter hurdles at Tokyo Olympics

8/4/2021 5:37:00 AM

U.S. star Sydney McLaughlin sets world record to win gold in women's 400-meter hurdles at Tokyo Olympics

The 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.

  We’ll be your official guide to the Games via text messageAfter a stint at the University of Kentucky, McLaughlin turned pro and found herself climbing the ranks, but often finishing second to Muhammad. They have long been not just the two fastest women in the 400-meter field, but also the two fastest in the history of the event.

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Last summer, McLaughlin decided that it was time for a change. She started training with a new coach, Bobby Kersee, and alongside Allyson Felix, one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Olympic history. Kersee altered her approach and refined her technique. In earlier meets this year, for example, Felix competed in the 60-meter or 100-meter hurdles, simply to practice different hurdling techniques.

It paid off at the Olympic trials, with a world-record time of 51.90. And it paid off again Wednesday, in Olympic gold and a new world record.  Read more: USA TODAY »

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Team USA’s Keni Harrison talks about winning silver in 100m hurdlesKendra “Keni” Harrison, the world record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, added a silver to Team USA’s medal count with a 12.52-second finish. Joining TODAY in Tokyo with medal in hand, she says, “I just keep telling myself, ‘You have faith, I’m confident, and you got this,’ and just saying those few words to me kept me calm.” She also talk about the encouragement she’s received from her family. Awesome race!! The best so far I've seen!!Congrats, Keni & fam!! Amazing athlete!! 😊💪🏾 TokyoOlympics 100mhurdles

Team USA’s Rai Benjamin talks about winning silver in men’s 400m hurdlesTeam USA’s Rai Benjamin, who took the silver medal in the record-breaking final in the men’s 400m hurdles, joins TODAY live in Tokyo. “It was a historical race; I think it was the best race in Olympic history,” he says. “This actually means so much to the people back home, and I appreciate it.” He also talks about the challenges of training for the Games in Los Angeles during the pandemic: “It was fun, but at the same time it was hard.” My gosh that was an amazing race 😮😮😮😮❤❤❤❤💪💪💪💪👏👏👏👏 I watched his race, it was magnificent. I wondered at the time when he broke down in tears if it was cause he didn't win gold. But now I am listening to him, he was overcome by winning. Well done RaiBanjamin. $500 of Wagu beef, eh? Wonder how many athletes r taking home Wagu.🥰

With 10 Siblings Cheering Her on, Team USA's Keni Harrison Won Silver in the 100m HurdlesKendra Harrison won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles during the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 12.52 seconds.

Norway’s Warholm obliterates 400m hurdles world record at OlympicsNorway's Karsten Warholm obliterates his own world record in the Olympic 400m hurdles, finishing in 45.94 seconds to break the old time by .76 seconds

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