Sydney McLaughlin is a gold medalist and world record holder in one of the most anticipated athletic events of all the Tokyo Olympics.
McLaughlin won the women’s 400-meter hurdles on Tuesday (Wednesday in Japan) with a record time of 51.46 seconds. She was joined by Dalilah Muhammad (silver) and Femke Bol (bronze) on the podium, who clocked 51.58 seconds and 52.03 seconds respectively.
McLaughlin and Muhammad both finished below the previous world record, but the champion landed an incredible final kick to win gold.
Star power was not lacking in this race thanks to the pair, and the fact that the male version of the event was thrilled when Norway’s Karsten Warholm outlived Rai Benjamin of the United States to set the record-breaking set. world at 45.94 seconds only increased the anticipation.
Another showdown was expected in this one, but this time between two Americans.
Muhammad was the reigning Olympic gold medalist at the Rio 2016 Games, and Shalise Manza Young of Yahoo Sports noted that she was fortunate enough to become the first woman to win two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles.
However, she was still something of an outsider thanks to the presence of her American teammate McLaughlin.
McLaughlin clocked the semifinals at 53.03 seconds and entered the Olympics as the world record holder at 51.90 seconds, which she set at the US Trials. Add Anna Cockrell, who won the NCAA titles in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, and the United States was well represented in the final.
In fact, a world record has been set the three previous times McLaughlin and Muhammad have faced each other, by Lorenzo Reyes of United States today.
“Anything is possible,” McLaughlin said of the possibility of it happening again with a gold medal on the line, according to Reyes. “It’s a really good group of girls, so I wouldn’t let anyone go out and do it. “
So it was only fitting that there was another world record as McLaughlin dazzled in a busy field to claim gold.