July 28, 2019
DES MOINES, Iowa — Running on a rain-soaked track, Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad crushed the star-studded field and history at the 2019 Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships in the 400m hurdles. Muhammad got off to a fast start and was even with Shamier Little the first half of the race, and then pulled away from everyone on the turn. As she hit the homestretch and cleared the penultimate ninth hurdle, Muhammad had nearly a full second lead on the field that included the four fastest women in the world this year. When she crossed the line, the time of 52.17 (corrected to 52.20) flashed on the scoreboard. Muhammad let out a smile, and then did a single clap. She had broken Yulia Pechonkina’s nearly 16-year-old world record of 52.34 from 2003.
2018 world leader Sydney McLaughlin, the woman many assumed would be the one to break the world record this year, finished second in a season’s best of 52.88, and Ashley Spencer was third in a PR of 53.11 to make the World Championship team for Doha. Little was the odd woman out as her time of 53.91 is a time only three women in the world have beaten this year — the three woman from in front of her today. Reigning world champion Kori Carter, who ran the 200 at USAs, completes the US team for Worlds.
Video of the race below.
The Olympic 400m hurdle champion Dalilah Muhammad SMASHES a 16-year-old world record in the rain! pic.twitter.com/I4qEO3hwYI
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 29, 2019
Post-race interview with Muhammad
Muhammad said that she knew she had the ability to break the world record as she had run world record pace in practice through nine hurdles.