Sydney McLaughlin of the USA has broken the world 400m hurdles record for the fourth time of her career, obliterating her previous best with 50.68 to win her first world title in the event at the World Athletics Championships here on Friday (Saturday Morning in India).
Netherlands’ Olympic bronze medallist Femke Bol bagged silver clocking 52.27, while USA’s former world record-holder Dalilah Muhammad finished third with a timing of 53.13.
It is the third world record that the 22-year-old Olympic champion has set at Hayward Field. Her first came at the 2021 US Olympic Trials, when she clocked 51.90 to improve on the 52.16 global mark that Muhammad had set when winning the 2019 world title ahead of her compatriot.
Just over a month later, McLaughlin ran 51.46 to win the Olympic title in Tokyo, and she broke the record for a third time at this year’s US Championships in Eugene on 25 June, clocking 51.41.