Team USA's Sydney McLaughlin wins gold, sets women's hurdles record

Amazing as it was, this world record didn't really surprise anyone.

8/4/2021 6:58:00 AM

Team USA's Sydney McLaughlin wins gold, sets women's hurdles record

Amazing as it was, this world record didn't really surprise anyone.

McLaughlin broke that record earlier this summer at Olympic trials, running her 51.90 to become the first woman to crack 52 seconds.Gold medalist Sydney Mclaughlin (left) and silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad celebrate after winning the women's 400-meter hurdles final on Aug. 4, 2021.

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ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesIt felt inevitable that the mark would go down again on a fast track in perfect, hot-and-humid running conditions in Tokyo.The day before, Karsten Warholm crushed his old world record, finishing the men’s race in 45.94, and runner-up Rai Benjamin’s 46.17 also beat the old mark.

It was a lot to live up to for the women, whose race was even more eagerly anticipated. They exceeded expectations.Starting from Lane 7, Muhammad burst out of the blocks and made up the lag quickly — too quickly? — as they cruised down the backstretch.

Slowly, steadily, McLaughlin drew even, and they were at nearly a draw when they reached the final 100 meters. McLaughlin scaled the last hurdle, then started inching away.Mclaughlin poses with her gold medal on the podium.INA FASSBENDER / AFP via Getty Images

The .12-second margin was close — but not as close as in Doha, when McLaughlin lost by .07 in a race that changed her thinking.She had burst onto the scene in 2016, a 16-year-old out of East Orange, New Jersey, who loved to tell the story about how she could juggle, and ride a unicycle, and do both at the same time. She could hurdle, too. To prove it, she earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in one of the most stacked events on the program,

Muhammad, already in her prime, won a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. McLaughlin was out in the semifinal round. A great learning experience.The 2019 races in Des Moines, then Doha, showed how good McLaughlin really was, but left her with an indisputable reality. Muhammad was better.

McLaughlin changed coaches, moving over to work with the famed Bobby Kersee, whose expertise has helped produce what could be its own wing of a track and field Hall of Fame: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith Joyner, Allyson Felix. Read more: »

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