August 16, 2016
High schooler Sydney McLaughlin’s Rio Olympics came to an end after she finished 5th in heat 1 of the semifinals here.
McLaughlin had the fifth best time this year of the entrants in Rio (54.15), but could not come close to that here running 56.22 today and 56.32 yesterday. After round 1, she said she wasn’t as mentally prepared for the first round to be that fast or hard, so some thought she might rebound today but that was not the case. McLaughlin will head back to New Jersey for her senior year of high school at Union Catholic.
Reigning world champ Zuzana Hejnova won McLaughlin’s heat in 54.55, a season’s best as she returns from injury.
In heat #2, former world 400m champion Ashley Spencer got the win after hitting hurdle #9 hard and falling into third place but rebounding after the last hurdle to get the win.
In heat #3, Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 world leader of the US, showed why she is the favorite running 53.89 to get the win. She was the only athlete under 54 seconds in the semis (She ran a world leading 52.88 to win the Olympic Trials).
|1||591||Zuzana HEJNOVÁCZE||54.55||Q SB||0.145|
|2||603||Sara Slott PETERSENDEN||54.55||Q||0.148|