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American Sydney McLaughlin Breaks World Record in 400m Hurdles at Olympics

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/4/2021 Scott McDonald
Sydney McLaughlin smiling for the camera: Gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin of Team United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 400m Hurdles Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. © Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images Gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin of Team United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's 400m Hurdles Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sydney McLaughlin didn't have to look far when racing down the backstretch of the 400-meter hurdles finals of the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, nor did she have to look for a foreign face. McLaughlin tracked down her American teammate to win the race, breaking her own world record in the process.

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McLaughlin won the race in 51.46 seconds, shattering her world record that was 51.90 prior to Wednesday in Tokyo.


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Fellow American Dalilah Muhammed, who finished second, won the silver with a time of 51.58 seconds, which was under the previous world record as well. Femke Bol of The Netherlands won the bronze with a 52.03 time.

Muhammed was leading the final 100 meters before McLaughlin found her final gear, edging her teammate who was the defending Olympic champion.

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