US’s McLaughlin Wins, Sets World Record in Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles

By Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
Lorenz Duchamps
August 4, 2021 Updated: August 4, 2021

American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin won the women’s 400-meter hurdles on Aug. 4 at the Tokyo Olympics in world-record time.

McLaughlin finished in 51.46 seconds, almost a half-second faster than her previous world mark, set during the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.

“I’m absolutely delighted. What a great race. I’m just grateful to be out here celebrating that extraordinary race and representing my country,” the 21-year-old from New Jersey said.

Second place also was taken by Team USA, as defending Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad finished her sensational run with a personal best of 51.58 seconds.

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Silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 4, 2021. (Francisco Seco/AP Photo)
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Gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the women’s 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 4, 2021. (Francisco Seco/AP Photo)

Muhammad, a 31-year-old New York City native and former world record holder with a time of 52.16 seconds, won gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and was attempting to become the first woman to repeat as champion in the 400-meter hurdles.

“No mixed emotions,” she said. “Sure, there are always things you want to do better. But you use this as a springboard to the next. This is not my last race.”

Muhammad was followed by the Netherlands’ Femke Bol, who finished third and took home bronze with a European record of 52.03 seconds.

“I just went out like crazy for the first 300 to be with them,” the bronze medalist said.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, Norway’s Karsten Warholm also set a world record, finishing in 45.94 seconds. The Norwegian already entered the race as the world record holder and shattered his own mark by more than half a second.

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Karsten Warholm of Team Norway celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men’s 400-meter hurdles on day 11 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, on Aug. 3, 2021. (Matthias Schrader/Pool/Getty Images)

“I never thought in my wildest imagination that this would be possible,” Warholm told reporters after the race while expressing his thoughts on obliterating his own world record.

“I was just running over the line because I didn’t take anything for granted today. All respect to Rai for running 46.17—that’s just crazy,” he added.

American sprinter Rai Benjamin, who took home silver, is the second-fastest man in the history of the event.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Lorenz Duchamps
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