American Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400m hurdles at the world athletics championships, leaving fans speechless.
McLaughlin, the defending Olympic champion, was the overwhelming favorite and absolutely broke her own world record by nearly a second in Saturday’s final in Eugene, Oregon.
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The 22-year-old was ahead of the field well into the turn and left her world-class rivals in her wake to cross the line in 50.68 seconds.
The incredible time cut nearly a full second off her previous mark of 51.41, set at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Dutch Femke Bol took silver in 52.27 and American Dalilah Muhammad bronze took bronze in 53.13.
Bol and Muhammad are the second and third fastest women of all time in the 400m hurdles, but Mclaughlin completely outclassed her nearest rivals by finishing the race more than 20m ahead of them.
“It’s utterly stunning,” proclaimed the commentator.
“Take a moment to savor this. We watch a once-in-a-generation athlete perform at the peak of her power.
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“How can she be so far behind the second and third fastest athletes of all time?”
Viewers couldn’t believe their eyes as the absolute dominance of McLaughlin’s historic performance sank.
Lachlan McKirdy of CODE Sports tweeted: “Sydney McLaughlin breaks 400m hurdles world record by nearly a full second. My God.”
In just 13 months, McLaughlin broke the world record four times and brought it down from 52.16 to 50.68.
His time would have finished seventh in the 400m flat final, prompting fans to wonder if McLaughlin could top that event as well.
Tim Layden of NBC Sports tweeted: “The 2023 World and 2024 Olympic calendars must allow Sydney McLaughlin to do the 400H/400m double. (Both were executed tonight). Sport needs it.