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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Sydney McLaughlin did it again, broke his own world record

Sydney McLaughlin did it again, broke his own world record

Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) – Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record in the 400 meters hurdles at the US Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

When McLaughlin announced his time, spread a broad smile, then a thumbs up. She crossed the finish line at Hayward Field in 51.41 seconds, breaking her own record of 51.46 set at last year’s Tokyo Games, where she won the gold medal.

“I mean it’s Track Town USA, what do you expect? He said afterward. “Every time I come here I feel like something amazing is going to happen.”

Asked how she would celebrate later, McLaughlin joked: “I’m eating some real food other than vegetables. Cheeseburger or something, like some pancakes. ,

The top three finishers in each event at the national championships will represent the United States at the World Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene next month. It is the first time that the largest track and field event outside the Olympics will be held on American soil.

Delilah Muhammad was ruled out of the race with a minor injury, but she has already qualified for the World Championships as the defending champion in the event. McLaughlin will also be joined in the US team by runner-up Briton Wilson and third-place finisher Shamier Little.

Alison Felix, the most decorated woman in track history, finished sixth in the 400, her final national championship race.

Felix, who announced in April that this would be his last season, is enjoying the final days of his illustrious career – which includes 11 Olympic medals. She plans to run her last official race in her native Los Angeles in August. Despite his finish, Felix hopes to make the mixed relay team in the world.

NCAA champion Talitha Diggs of Florida scored 400 in 50.22 seconds.

“It was a great field. So I just wanted to make sure I keep my form, engage my core and just push,” Diggs said.

When asked if he was disappointed with the finish, Felix laughed.

“Honestly not. You guys know that 400 is tough for me. It is not my natural passion, it has always been something that I have challenged myself,” she said.

Michael Norman scored the men’s 400 in a world-leading 43.56. He finished first at the Olympic Trials last year and fifth in Tokyo.

World record holder Kenny Harrison won the women’s 100 hurdles in 12:34.

Temperatures hit the low 90s at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Sunday’s schedule, the last day of the meeting, was extended earlier in the day due to the heat.

Sprinter Shakari Richardson finished second in her heat to make the 200 on the final Sunday.

Richardson, known for her changing hair color and long nails, didn’t qualify for the 100 final, even though she was one of the favorites after winning the competition at the Olympic Trials last year. Richardson did not make the US team for Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana after the race.

Richardson’s heat was marked by several late scratches, but she finished in 22.69 seconds. Abby Steiner of Kentucky, who set a collegiate record in the 200 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, had the best time in the heats at 22.14.

American record holder Kara Winger won the javelin with a throw of 210 feet, 10 inches, her ninth career national title in the event. 2019 NCAA champion Sinclair Johnson won the 1,500 in 4:03.29. Ketura Orji sets the meet record in the triple jump by 48-6 1/4.

On the men’s side Cooper finished first in Tier 3:45.86. Tears are also recorded at 5,000 on Sunday, the last day of the meeting. Olympic silver medalist Chris Nilsson won the pole vault. Hilary Burr won the steeplechase by such a large margin that she pointed to a standing ovation down the stretch. Daniel Hoff won the title in the hammer.

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