Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin breaks her own 400m hurdles world record

Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin breaks her own 400m hurdles world record

EUGENE, Ore. — Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles Saturday at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

McLaughlin flashed a broad smile when his time was announced, then gave a thumbs up. She crossed the finish line in 51.41 seconds, beating her own record of 51.46 set last year at the Tokyo Games, where she won the gold medal.

She said she didn’t know what to expect as she cleared the final hurdle.

“I was just going to finish the race. You know, anything is possible,” she said. “I’m just very grateful for that.”

The top three finishers in each event at the Nationals will represent the United States at the World Outdoor Championships, also at Eugene’s Hayward Field, next month. This is the first time that the biggest athletics event outside of the Olympics will be held on American soil.

Allyson Felix, the most decorated woman in track history, finished sixth in the 400 meters, in her final national championship race.

Felix, who announced in April that this would be his final season, is enjoying the final days of his illustrious career, which includes 11 Olympic medals. She plans to run her last official race in her hometown of Los Angeles in August. Despite his arrival, Felix should be part of the mixed relay team at the world championships.

NCAA champion Talitha Diggs of Florida won the 400 in 50.22 seconds. Dalilah Muhammad did not participate in the race due to a minor injury, but she has already qualified for the world championships as the defending champion of the event.

“It was a great field, so I wanted to make sure I maintained my form, engaged my core and pushed,” Diggs said.

When asked if she was disappointed with the finish, Felix laughed.

“Honestly, no. You know the 400m is tough for me. It’s not my natural passion – it’s always been something I challenged myself with,” she said.

Michael Norman ran the men’s 400m in 43.56, a world record. He finished first at the Olympic trials last year and placed fifth in Tokyo.

World record holder Keni Harrison won the women’s 100m hurdles in 12:34.

Temperatures at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus reached 90 degrees. Sunday’s events, the last day of competition, were moved earlier in the day due to the heat.

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson qualified for Sunday’s 200m final by finishing second in her heat.

Richardson, known for her ever-changing hair color and long fingernails, did not qualify for the 100m final, despite being among the favorites after winning the event at the Olympic trials last year. Richardson did not make the U.S. team for Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana after the race.

Richardson’s run was marred by several late scratches, but she finished in 22.69 seconds. Kentucky’s Abby Steiner, who set a collegiate record in the 200 yards at the NCAA track and field championships, clocked the fastest heats time at 22.14.

American record holder Kara Winger won the javelin with a throw of 210 feet 10 inches, her ninth career national title in the event. Sinclaire Johnson, 2019 NCAA champion, won the 1,500 meters in 4:03.29.

On the men’s side, Cooper Teare finished first in 3:45.86. Teare is also entered in the 5,000 on Sunday. Olympic silver medalist Chris Nilsen won the pole vault. Hillary Bor won the steeplechase by such a wide margin that he pointed to the stands in celebration.

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