Sydney Mclaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad Broke the 400-Meter Hurdle World Record and Took Gold, Silver

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Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad just broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdle, scoring both the gold and silver medals at the Summer Games in Tokyo on behalf of the U.S.

McLaughlin, 21, finished the 400-meter hurdle on Wednesday in a record 51.46 seconds, beating Muhammad, 31, who nabbed a time of 51.58. Both women beat the record previously set by McLaughlin herself during Olympic trials in June, a time of 51.9; she is the first woman to crack 52 seconds, as per the Associated Press.

Of her gold medal win, the New Jersey native told reporters after the race that she was "grateful" to represent the U.S. at the Olympics.

"Just trusting the process. Giving the glory to God. That’s all. This season, hard work and dedication and just really grateful to be able to represent my country and to have this opportunity," she said.

Also in talking to reporters, Muhammad was asked about what she had to contend with on her path to the Olympics — including suffering from COVID-19 twice and physical injuries.

"It definitely was a journey just filled with so many ups and downs. So just thankful to God for getting me to this point... Just so thankful, so thankful to end on with a silver medal for the USA," said the New York native.

Previously, McLaughlin won gold in the 2019 World Championships in the 4x400-meter relay and a silver in the same competition in the 400-meter hurdles, but this is her first Olympic medal. For Muhammad, she collected her first Olympic medal — the gold — for the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also scored a gold medal in the same event at the 2019 World Championships.


This post is part of a series covering the talented female athletes competing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Stay up to date on their latest achievements and watch them go for gold here

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