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American Sydney McLaughlin shatters 400m hurdles world record, first woman to run under 52 seconds

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Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021. 6:06 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: United States hurdler Sydney McLaughlin will be going to the Olympics as the favourite to win the women’s 400m hurdles after setting a new world record at the US Olympic Trials on Sunday night.

The 21-year-old hurdler went into the trials as one of the favourites and did not let down as she became the first woman to ever run the 400m hurdles in less than 52 seconds.

She clocked 51.90 seconds. Her arch-rival Dalilah Muhammad who is the reigning Olympic and World Champion ran the 400mh in 52.42s.

The previous world record of 52.16s was set at the 2019 World Championships by Muhammad.

According to Yahoo Sports, the last three times McLaughlin and Muhammad have competed against each other face to face, the world record has gone down.

At this pace, they might just set a new Olympic record.

At 21, Tokyo will be the second Olympic Games McLaughlin attends.

“It’s an honor,” Mclaughlin said according to USA Today. “So many amazing women have come before me. So many amazing women will come after me. I just want to be able to leave my mark, and be a part of such an amazing sport.”

Anna Cockrell came in third place who ran a personal best in 53.70s also qualified to the Tokyo Olympics.

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