Iconic Hayward Field definitely gets it: American Sydney McLaughlin delivered world gold and a resounding world record, her fourth in just over a year, in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday in Eugene, Ore.) . Completing her lap in 50s 68s, the reigning Olympic champion took more than seven-tenths off her previous world record (51.41) at the end of this world final, becoming the first woman under 51s at the 400m hurdles, only 22 years old. old.
“She is unique“Retiring American icon Allyson Felix, the most decorated athlete in history at the Worlds with 19 awards, and her training partner in Los Angeles cheered on Twitter.
“This is the best performance I have ever seen” enthused American double decathlon world champion (2009 and 2011) Trey Hardee. “He replaces (David) Rudisha’s 800m in the Olympic final in London (in 2012). This is just the beginning of +Syd+.McLaughlin took the world record in June 2021, then held by compatriot Dalilah Muhammad, during the American selections for the Tokyo Games, in 51 sec 90. Since then, since her Olympic crowning (51.46 ) to the first World Championships in American athletics. floor of history, passing through the “essaysUSA 2022 at the end of June (51.41), reduced it by more than a second.
Three out of four in Eugene
The New Jersey native certainly likes the legendary Eugene Stadium on the other side of the United States: it’s where she’s set three of her four world records.
How to measure your performance? With this supersonic time, McLaughlin is now 90 hundredths of a second faster than the second fastest woman in the world in the 400m hurdles (Muhammad in 51.58). And he would have beaten two competitors in the final run of 400m flats a few minutes earlier! “It’s unreal“, McLaughlin reacted without euphoria, crowned world champion for the first time in singles, after being a silver medalist in 2019 in Doha.
“I was in a kind of +bubble+, I just had to apply what I learned in training, without even thinking about it. Just letting things happen. I’ve always had an amazing relationship with Hayward Field“Said the one who is also the reigning Olympic champion and outgoing world champion with the American women’s 4x400m relay.
Cadet world record, junior world record: McLaughlin comes from a family of runners – his brother Taylor was a junior world runner-up in the 400m hurdles in 2016 and his father Willie, a US 400m semi-finalist for the Olympic Games of 1984-. swept everything in his path from his young years before establishing himself at the highest level.
Trained by Bob Kersee
Bursting onto the international stage at the Rio Games, just days after her 17th birthday, she was stopped there in the semi-finals. His arrival in 2020 to the structure led by the famous Bob Kersee, former coach of his wife Jackie Joyner-Kersee and his fourth coach in five years, marks a turning point for this prodigy runner, who is also comfortable in the 200 and 400 m flat. and 100 m hurdles (record in 12.65). It was in this Los Angeles-based group that he joined his idol, Allyson Felix, whose brother Wes is none other than his agent.
How is the sequel proposed after this capital performance?
“We talked to Bobby (Kersee) about the opportunity to change disciplines. I don’t know if that will happen. Why not try the 400m flats or the 100m hurdles?she recalls.Bobby, who always has new ideas, also talks about dubbing400 m hurdles and another discipline, he adds.
McLaughlin climbed to the top step of the world podium on Saturday evening among the same athletes as at the Tokyo Games last summer, but Femke Bol and Muhammad swapped positions – this time the Dutchwoman is the silver medalist (52 .27) and the bronze Americana (53.13). ).
In the pole vault, 30-year-old Renaud Lavillenie, the 2012 Olympic champion but never crowned outdoor world champion, is the only one of the three French pole vaulters to have somehow retired from the qualifications See you in the final on Sunday, with the Swede Armand Duplantis as the favorite.
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