Olympic 400m hurdles champion, Sydney McLaughlin smashed her own world record on day three of the USATF Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Oregon.
The 22 year-old has now set world records in three of her past four 400m hurdles finals. She set her first world record at this same venue last year’s during the US Olympic Trials where she clocked 51.90 seconds. McLaughlin went on to win the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo smashing her world record with 51.46.
Mclaughlin who had won her heat in a time of 54.11 on Thursday and the semifinal in 52.90 on Friday was it again on Sunday as she build a big lead in the back straight and entered the home straight with a lead of about 6m to cross the line in a new world record time of 51.41 seconds.
“I knew it was going to be fast. I looked at the time and I was really happy with it, being able to slowly progress towards lower and lower times. I think there are things I could work on. I think there is more in the tank there. At the World Championships I want to put on a show to the world,” said McLaughlin.
McLaughlin was followed by Britton Wilson, who came home in second with a new personal best of 53.08seconds with former world silver medallist Shamier Little closing the podium three finishes in 53.92.