Another example of how 400 splits are indeed meaningful. Femke clocked a couple of high 48 splits, which equates to a mid 49 open 400, and yep that's what she ran. Great stuff, but Femke is not alone in being at that level -- Britany Wilson and Steiner split similarly earlier this year, and could go toe-to-toe with her. It really is amazing how few of the world's best 400 open runners actually run the open 400.
I wonder if Britton considers switching events. But if Sydney does switch events she’s in the mix to challenge Bol/Muhammad if she can improve her hurdling. But if Sydney doesn’t, she’s both in much better shape to make US teams at 400 and win a medal. That’s if Miller-Uibo actually switches events which would be pretty non-sensical unless she can really improve.
The one wearing the crown does not need to race often. If you were heavy weight boxing champ with all belts from all boxing organizations, you would not defend your title more than x 2 per year. S.M. is Olympic champion, World Championship champion and world record holder. What runners under S.M. do does not affect Sydney McLaughlin.