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Sidney McLaughlin breaks the world record in the 400m hurdles again at the US Championships

Sidney McLaughlin breaks the world record in the 400m hurdles again at the US Championships

Sydney McLaughlin watches after breaking the world record in the women’s 400m hurdles final. (Photo by Sean M. Heavi/Getty Images)

Sidney McLaughlin continues to improve.

The American track and field superstar, who won two gold medals in the Tokyo Olympics, ran the 400-meter hurdles in 51.41 seconds at the US track and field Open on Saturday.

The winning time set a new world record, outperforming Her time for the gold medal is 51.46 seconds At the Tokyo Games last August. This race surpassed the previous world record of 51.90 seconds held by – you guessed it – McLaughlin.

“I was about to finish the race,” Lewis Johnson of McLaughlin NBC After Saturday’s race. We knew anything was possible. I am really grateful for that.”

Britton Wilson Finished in second place Saturday, with a time of 53.08 seconds. Shamir Little ranked third with 53.92 points. The three secured a spot at next month’s World Outdoor Championships, which will be run on the same track as Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Meanwhile, track icon Allison Felix finished sixth with a time of 51.30 seconds in the 400 meters in what is expected to be the last US outdoor track and field championships. Felix, the most decorated US track and field athlete of all time with 11 Olympic medals – seven of them gold – planning to retire After this season. She is 36 years old.

The top three winners of each Saturday event earned an automatic place in the World Championships. Talitha Diggs, the NCAA champion from Florida, won the 400-meter race with a time of 50.22 seconds. Felix plans to run in the mixed relay event at the World Championships, an invitation that likely sealed her sixth place finish. Looks like her final season isn’t over yet.

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“I’m glad I don’t have any more 400s unlocked at all,” Felix told reporters after the event. “I went to come here and do my best, try to be in a position to relay and get it done. So, I can’t complain.”