McLaughlin Storms To Olympic Hurdles Gold And World Record
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Wed 04th August 2021 | 08:50 AM
Tokyo, Aug 4 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th Aug, 2021 ) :Sydney McLaughlin obliterated her own world record to claim a thrilling last-gasp victory over rival Dalilah Muhammad in the Olympic women's 400m hurdles final on Wednesday.
In another classic duel between the two dominant American hurdlers, McLaughlin surged past Muhammad just metres from the line to win in 51.46sec, slicing a whopping 0.44sec off her previous mark of 51.90sec set at the US trials in June.
It was another epic world record-breaking battle between the 21-year-old McLaughlin and the 31-year-old Muhammad.
McLaughlin's victory on Wednesday came after a superb tactical race which saw Muhammad make a flying start in the lane outside her rival.
Muhammad led coming off the final hurdle but McLaughlin produced a late burst of speed to claim her first gold medal.
The highlight of the evening session will come in the men's 200 metres, where the USA's Noah Lyles will aim to make up for a blunder which almost cost the reigning world champion and favourite a place in the final.
Lyles only qualified for the final as one of the fastest semi-final losers on Tuesday after inexplicably pulling up at the line in his semi-final.
"I'm glad I made it to the finals and that is all that matters," a relieved Lyles said afterwards.
"I knew I was going to make it. It was a bit risky, I wouldn't lie, but I made it." Other medals up for grabs on Wednesday include the men's 800m final, the women's 3,000m steeplechase and the men's hammer.
Wednesday also saw the start of the decathlon and heptathlon multi-discipline events.
Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson is looking to add Olympic gold to her 2019 world championship victory, while Canada's Damian Warner and French world champion Kevin Mayer battle it out in the decathlon.