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Sydney McLaughlin Breaks World Record in Women’s 400m Hurdles

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Sydney McLaughlin sets a new world record in the finals of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Eugene, Ore.(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

By Dr. Brandon Spradley |

The United States Olympic Track and Field Trials concluded on Sunday, June 27, 2021 with some of the best track and field athletes in the world competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

One of those athletes, Sydney McLaughlin broke the women’s 400m hurdles world record with a time of 51.90 seconds. In the process, she defeated the Olympic and World champion, Dalilah Muhammad, who was the former world record holder in 52.16, set in 2019.

This was one of the most highly anticipated races in the U.S. track and field trials. McLaughlin made a coaching change for this season to Bobby Kersee, who coached track and field legends such as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Griffith Joyner, and Allyson Felix.

Mclaughlin has established herself as the gold medal favorite in Tokyo. Dalihah Muhammad will be ready to defend her Olympic title against McLaughlin and the rest of the world.

Here are the women heading to Tokyo to represent the United States in the 400m hurdles: Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, and Anna Cockrell.

Here is Sydney’s world record performance:

Dr. Brandon Spradley is the Chair of Sports Management at the United States Sports Academy.

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