American Sydney McLaughlin Sets New World Record in Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

American Sydney McLaughlin set a new world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles after winning the Olympic gold in the event on Aug. 4.

McLaughlin finished the Olympic hurdles final with a time of 51.46 seconds, beating her previous world best of 51.90 seconds at the United States Olympic trials, which made her the first woman to break 52 seconds in the event.

McLaughlin, 21, has become one of the fastest women in the history of the event — the other being fellow American Delilah Muhammad, the reigning world champion and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic champion.

Muhammad won silver in Wednesday’s final with a time of 51.58 seconds.

Dutch Femke Boi won bronze with a new European record of 52.03 seconds.

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