It took a world record run to take down Sydney McLaughlin.
Racing at the IAAF World Championships in Qatar, Dalilah Muhammad got off to a fast start in the 400 hurdle final. The lead was not comfortable for long. The former Wildcat made up significant ground down the backstretch. Unfortunately, Sydney ran out of track, falling to Muhammad by .07 seconds. McLaughlin’s time of 52.23 was the second-fastest 400H run in women’s track and field history.
So unbelievably proud of @GoSydGo. World All-Time #2 time 52.23 to take ?? in an absolutely thrilling 400H final.
— UK Track & Field (@KentuckyTrack) October 4, 2019
“I knew it was going to be fast. I didn’t know it was going to be that fast,” McLaughlin said after the race. “Being able to come away with a PR (personal record) and the second-fastest time, it’s just amazing.”
McLaughlin is poised to be a star nine months from now at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.