Sydney McLaughlin looked to her left and saw the number “51.90” and knew exactly what that meant.
She put her hands on her head, covered her mouth, and looked at the night sky.
The 400-meter hurdles world record is now hers.
The New Jersey native finished in 51.90 seconds in US athletics in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday night. McLaughlin broke the record in 0.26 seconds.
McLaughlin from Dunellen, New Jersey. He attended Union Catholic High School and broke the 52.16 mark set by Dalilah Muhamad, the second-place finisher who crossed 52.42. Anna Cockrel was third with 53.70. The trio heads for the Tokyo Olympics.
Originally from Jamaica in Queens and attending Benjamin Cardoso High School, Muhammad won a gold medal in Brazil in 2016. Muhammad surpassed runner-up McLaughlin at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Sunday was explosive with what was advertised as potentially the best race in a 10-day tournament in Eugene. But it set what could be the best race in Tokyo. Except unexpectedly, the rematch will win the Olympic gold medal on August 4th.
“It’s really just faith and trust in the process,” McLaughlin said when asked to explain her breakthrough.
At the age of 21, McLaughlin jumped to the scene five years ago and talked about her multiple talents, including juggling and riding a unicycle, both at the same time.
Also a pretty good hurdle.
Her 51.90 broke the record set by Muhammad when she entered the World Championship two years ago. A few weeks earlier, Muhammad set a world record by defeating McLaughlin in the United States. Crazy part: Running in the world 52.23 McLaughlin would have been a world record if she had run it before Muhammad rewrote the book that season.
Over the past five years, McLaughlin went to Bobby Curcy, a coach who made the most of Allyson Felix, Jackie Joyner-Kersey, Florence Griffith Joyner and more.
He made a new plan for McLaughlin — focusing her on the form and performing a shorter hurdle course.
“It trusted the process, and there are many things that you can’t really see coming,” McLaughlin said. “But just having a childish belief in trusting everything will work. Bobby is really good at it.”
Muhammad has slowly taken shape this year. She said she couldn’t break 55 seconds when the year started.
“Maybe it’s a disguised blessing,” she said.
only time will tell. But it doesn’t take long.
“She definitely pushes me,” Muhammad said. Then she turned to McLaughlin and said: “Congratulations, you are the world record holder. It will surely be a fight in Tokyo.”
Sydney McLaughlin sets world record in Olympic trial
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