track star Sydney McLaughlin etched another diary in the history books at the World Championships in Athletics on July 22: the 22-year-old set the world record for the 400-meter hurdles in Eugene, Oregon, breaking her own record and winning his first world championship title in the event.
If that’s not wild enough, this is actually the fourth time in 13 months that McLaughlin has set a new world record in the event, and the third time in just under a year that she has broken the world record by beating his own previous best rating. In June 2021, McLaughlin broke US Olympic Trials record, smashing the mark set by hurdler star Dalilah Muhammad. Then at the Tokyo Games in August, she did it again. In 2022, her streak continued as she broke his own mark at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in June, a result she improved upon again this week at Worlds.
“I think we push the boundaries of the sport, especially in our event,” she said. ESPN after Friday night’s race.
In his latest record-breaking feat, McLaughlin completed the 400-meter event, which involves clearing 10 obstacles by sprinting, 50.68 seconds, finishing well ahead of Dutch Femke Bol, second in 52.27, and American Muhammad, third in 53.13. McLaughlin’s time shaved 00.73 seconds off his previous record and nearly a minute and a half off Muhammad’s 2019 record. lasts only a quarter of a mile.
Perhaps even more amazing given this progression, McLaughlin still believes there are things she can improve on.
“I think we all understand that, yes, there are 10 barriers, but we can break through them much faster than people realize,” she said. The New York Times“I still think it wasn’t even a super clean race.”
Another shock, given his prowess? As she said to herself after breaking her first world record last June, she was initially not a big fan of her now-flagship event.
“I learned to love him. I don’t like it, but I learned to like it,” she said. “Growing up, I hated the 400 [meter distance]. I really thought I was going to be the short sprinter. But, as she told SELF, a high school coach saw that her speed combined with her strength — needed to clear those hurdles — could make her a force to be reckoned with for this event. So she started training for it.
The rest, as they say, is history. McLaughlin now has two Olympic gold medals (one in the 400m hurdles, the other in the 4x400m relay), a world championship title in her hurdles event and a world record that she has broken four times. Off the runway, McLaughlin launched a collection of footwear and apparel in collaboration with New Balancewas appointed to 2021 Time 100 Nextand landed an endorsement deal as Tag Heuer ambassador.
As for what comes next? McLaughlin isn’t entirely sure, but she and her coach, Bob Kersee, could regroup after this season to determine whether a move to the 400-metre flat event – and a possible pursuit of the world record – is in the offing. order, according to NBC Sports.
“Me and Bobby are going to go back after the season, decide if that [400m hurdles] is always an event that I even want to do, or if we’re going to find something else because I think we’ve accomplished so much in it. But there’s more to sports and there’s more I want to try. McLaughlin told NBC Sports in a post-race video. “Everything is possible.”