No. 7: A Great and a Wonderkid
October 2019 (33)
Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin elevate the 400-meter hurdles.
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7. A Great and a Wonder Kid
October 2019 (33)
Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin are simply unbelievable.
Sydney McLaughlin was the story. She had been since she was 16, when she was lighting up House of Highlights on Instagram and getting profiled by Bleacher Report. She was the future and the present.
Dalilah Muhammad crashed the party, though. She set the world record in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Championships in July. Tthen, on an October night in Doha, Qatar, she crashed the party again. McLaughlin would be ready this time (she had beaten Muhammad in the Diamond League final, after all), and she would be crowned the conqueror of the 400 hurdles. And McLaughlin did her part. She ran 52.23 seconds. It would have been the second fastest time in history—if Muhammad hadn’t been on the track in Doha, too.
Muhammad somehow ran even quicker in Doha than she had at the U.S. championships, lowering her world record from 52.20 to 52.16, holding off McLaughlin in the process.
There is still a very good chance that McLaughlin ends up being the greatest 400 hurdler of all time, but Muhammad is setting the bar quite high. Check back in 2020, because this race might be bumped if Muhammad and McLaughlin are even better in Tokyo.
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