Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own world record to win gold in Tokyo in the women's 400-meter hurdles on Wednesday. Fellow American Dalilah Muhammad broke the world record too en route to a silver medal.
McLaughin ran 51.46, to break her previous WR mark of 51.90. Muhammad ran in 51.58.
“I saw Dalilah ahead of me with one to go,” said McLaughlin. “I just thought: ‘Run your race.’ The race doesn’t really start till hurdle seven. I just wanted to go out there and give it everything I had. I’m absolutely delighted.”
McLaughlin also praised her coach Bobby Kersee, who guided the career of Florence Griffith Joyner, having switched to train with him last year. Under Kersee’s direction, McLaughlin focused on her form and running shorter hurdles courses to improve her technique. Training alongside Allyson Felix also helped.
“It’s just about trusting your training, trusting your coach, and that will get you all the way round the track,” she added. “What a great race. I’m just grateful to be out here celebrating that extraordinary race and representing my country.”