Sydney McLaughlin breaks world record in 400 hurdles at Olympic trials

EUGENE, Ore. — Five years ago at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, Sydney McLaughlin was a high-school student trying to prove she belonged.

This time around, she proved she’s the fastest 400-meter hurdler ever.

In one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of this year’s Olympic trials Sunday night, McLaughlin smashed the world world record and slipped past reigning world champion Dalilah Muhammad to win the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.90. 

Now 21, McLaughlin will be heading back to the Olympic Games for the second time in her young career – and this time, as a world record-holder who is favored to win gold.

Muhammad, the reigning world champion in the event, finished second in 52.42. Anna Cockrell came in third to round out the U.S. team in the event.

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