OREGON (USA), July 23 (dpa/EP) –
USA’s Sydney McLaughlin won gold in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon (USA) this Friday with a stratospheric world record (50.68), while her compatriot Michael Norman confirmed his preference in the same test for the Hang the gold medal.
McLaughlin, 22, beat his previous personal best by 73 hundredths, completing the greatest performance of the entire World Championship. The American was one of the fastest at the start and quickly got the better of Dalilah Muhammad – the woman she beat in Doha in 2019. Her progress was overwhelming, with an advantage over second sprinter, Dutchman Femke Bol, who was much better.
And McLaughlin didn’t disappoint, crossing the finish line in 50.68. The silver went to Bol, the fastest silver in history, with a 52.27, while America’s Dalilah Muhammad finally swept away the bronze with 53.13.
“It’s unreal. The weather is absolutely incredible and the sport is getting faster and faster. I’m just finding out what barriers can be broken,” said the world champion after the test. “It was absolutely unreal to have my family in the stands… After Tokyo and not having anyone, it was like a salvation,” the athlete admitted.
For his part, American sprinter Michael Norman won the gold medal in the 400 meters after beating Kirani James of Granada in a close race with a time of 44.29. The young athlete, 24 years old, filled the only gap in his CV with this world victory.
James, world champion 11 years ago, took silver (44.48) after dominating much of the test despite not being able to match Norman, the Tokyo Olympic champion in the 4×400 relay, in the final 50 metres. Bronze went to Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith (44.66). Exuberant off the track, Norman was content after a “challenging journey” over the past three years.