Tuesday, August 9, 2022

McLaughlin breaks his own world record in the 400m hurdles and wins gold

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US star Sydney McLaughlin believes she can still go faster after breaking her own world record and winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships.

The 22-year-old broke the world record for the fourth time in 13 months in Eugene on Friday with a breathtaking time of 50.68 seconds.

It shaved almost a second off her previous mark of 51.41 seconds, set at Hayward Field last month.

Olympic gold medalist McLaughlin said: “The time is absolutely fantastic and the sport is getting faster and faster. Only from here I will be faster.

“I’m super grateful. It all came together. It was absolutely unreal to have my family in the stands. That was so big for me, not having anyone after Tokyo, that was like a salvation.

“I knew that if I just kept my cadence and stride pattern I would get home, we could do it and it happened.

“The level in the 400 meter hurdles is definitely improving. We’ve got a whole group of girls ready to take our bodies to the next level and we’re watching the times go down.

“It’s really an exciting time to be part of this event. I have to ask my coach about our next target. He is the leader. I don’t smile until the job is done, until the last race is over.

“I just stayed focused, in the zone. I’m always happy, always grateful to be here, but sometimes you have to put your face on it and focus.

“That’s all there is. Having my friends, my family here and being in the same time zone as LA.

“All that put together, food I’m familiar with. All of that mattered in my time. I’m just happy that we got this opportunity here in front of this amazing crowd.”

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