McLaughlin dazzles to new world lead in 400 metres

Eugene, July 8 (US): Sydney McLaughlin delivered an expert performance in a lesser-known event to win the 400m in a world-leading 48.74 seconds at the U.S. Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, after a year of making magic in the hurdles.

Riding confidently on the same track at Hayward Field where she won the world’s 400-meter hurdles in record time last year, McLaughlin said she grabbed an early lead in her new event and never gave her opponents much of a chance in a clinical race.

Britton Wilson finished five hundredths of a second in arrears, and Talitha Diggs was third in 49.93 seconds.

McLaughlin will now have the opportunity to compete in both the hurdles and flat event at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, which kicks off Aug. 19, if she chooses.

a breathless McLaughlin said in a television interview after breaking the bar just shy of the record in the United States.

Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali denied the memory of running the doomed 2022 World Championships to win her first national title in the 100m hurdles in 12.37, while Olympic silver medalist Kendra Harrison finished second in 12.42.

Ali’s world title defense ended in heartbreak last year when she hit a snag and was knocked out of the playoffs. But she showed no shortage of confidence on Saturday when she exploded out of the blocks and took a full lead after the second hurdle.

Masai Russell secured the third ticket to Budapest by two thousandths of a second in 12.46.

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Nikki Hiltz finished first in the women’s 1500m with a time of 4:03.10, while Olympic 800m champion and World Champion Athing Mo rounded out the finish in second with a time of 4:03.44. Yard Nogoz won the men’s team with a time of 3:34.90.

Christian Coleman showed no signs of fatigue after finishing second in the 100m final on Friday night, as he led the men’s 200m heat in 20.06, six hundredths of a second behind the faster Robert Gregory.

Fred Kerley, who automatically occupies the 100-meter sprint as the defending champion in the shorter distance, moved into the 200-meter semifinals on Sunday in 20.23.

Two-time world champion Grant Holloway advanced easily from the first 110m hurdles in 13.07 while Devon Allen, a wide receiver on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad, gritted his teeth in 13.51.

World leader Maggie Ewen won the women’s shot put on her final throw with an effort of 19.92m, while world champion Chase Ellie was unable to improve on 18.62 and finished fourth.

Olympic and World silver medalist jumper Chris Nielsen booked his trip to Budapest with a jump of 5.91m, with two-time world champion Sam Kendricks finishing on the podium with 5.81m.

Roddy Winkler came out on top in the men’s hammer throw with a 79.04m at his second attempt while Curtis Thompson won the javelin with 80.92m, his best performance of the season.

The top three finishers in all events in Eugene who meet certain qualification criteria, as well as the world title holders, will qualify for the World Championships.

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The US Championship ends on Sunday.


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