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Dalilah Muhammad Overcomes Concussion to Break 400 Meter World Record

Dalilah Muhammad poses with the clock. Photo: AFP / Andy Lyons

By Dr. Brandon Spradley |

A huge congratulations is due to the 2016 Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad for breaking the women’s 400 meter hurdles world record at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Her time of 52.20 seconds broke a 16-year-old record previously held by Yuliya Pechonkina.  

Muhammad overcame a mild concussion to post the fastest time ever recorded by a woman over the distance. This is a phenomenal feat, especially considering the time was ran on a wet track. Her previous best was 52.64 set at the 2017 US Track and Field Championships. Muhammad’s coach, Lawrence Johnson, knew it was only a matter of time before the world record fell.

The Olympic gold medalist looks win gold at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar set to start in September of this year. In the meantime, let’s enjoy this video of Dalilah Muhammad’s world record performance.

Dr. Brandon Spradley is the chair of sports management at the United States Sports Academy. He recently discussed issues related to the rise of eSports in the sports profession.

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