Sydney McLaughlin, the Olympic champion, went on to beat her world record at the US Outdoor track and field championships Saturday.
She crushed her record in the 400-meter hurdles, to set up a new one. After besting her record, the champion athlete went on to flash a broad smile for the cameras when her time was being announced. She had crossed the finish line in 51.41 seconds, which broke her previous record of 51.46 seconds, which she had set the previous year at the Tokyo Games- also where she won the gold medal. Interestingly, after the race, she mentioned that she had no idea what to expect as she cleared up the last hurdle.
Sydney McLaughlin Breaks Her Own World Record
Sydney McLaughlin mentioned that she was just looking forward to the race and finishing it. And if she did end up breaking the record, she was simply grateful for the opportunity to do so. The top three finishers in every event at the national championships would see themselves representing the country at the World Outdoor Championships- which would be held at Eugene’s Hayward Field the next month. This is the first time that the biggest event in the world of Track and Field outside of the Olympics will be organized on American soil.
Along with Sydney McLaughlin, other illustrious athletes that participated in this competition included Allyson Felix and Talitha Diggs. Allyson Felix has been the most decorated woman in track history, but in her last season finished sixth in the 400meters. Nonetheless, it is rumored that Felix will be making the mixed relay team at the world championships. On the other hand, Talitha Diggs- the NCAA champion, ended up bursting through the 400meters in just 50.22 seconds.