October 4, 2019
DOHA, Qatar — Many of the marquee match-ups at these World Championships have been preceding by an amazing laser light show.
The women’s 400m hurdles did not get one so Dalilah Muhammad and Sydney McLaughlin went out and put on a show for the ages on the track.
Watch if yourself:
— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 4, 2019
NBC Commentary for US visitors
When it was said and done, Muhammad had the new world record of 52.16 (breaking her old world record of 52.20 from USAs) and McLaughlin had the #3 time ever in 52.23. A true race for the ages, but nearly every race between these two is becoming a race for the ages as it was the second straight world record when these two have raced in a championship final.
|1||1989||Dalilah MUHAMMAD||USA||52.16 WR||0.200|
|2||1984||Sydney MCLAUGHLIN||USA||52.23 PB||0.161|
|3||1178||Rushell CLAYTON||JAM||53.74 PB||0.137|
|4||1689||Lea SPRUNGER||SUI||54.06 NR||0.199|
|7||1841||Anna RYZHYKOVA||UKR||54.45 SB||.445||0.173|
The 52 second barrier is now there for both of these women.
Post-race comments from both below.
Muhammad said, “This means so much. It’s difficult to describe. I just wanted the world title so much but to break the world record again is fantastic. I just decided to go for it from the start and I felt Sydney (McLaughlin) coming at me around hurdle nine, then I just gave it everything I’d got. It hasn’t really sunk in yet but it feels good. I did not expect to break the world record today, I was definitely just trying to win that race. Two world records, that sounds quite crazy, now that it is done. My coach told me that it is possible and I just had to go there and believe in it. I believe that we can drop under 52s, the race was so tight, that was anybody’s race tonight. It was so close, we will continue to push each other. It is definitely possible.”
McLaughlin was congratulatory on the track and in good spirits afterwards when she talked to us in the video below, but other journalists told us she looked to be in tears when she exited the track, sitting on the steps before going to her TV interviews.
She has nothing to teary about as her two losses as a pro have been when Muhammad broke the world record.
Sydney McLaughlin has lost two 400m hurdles races as a professional and both times it took a world record to beat her. Pretty good rookie year.
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) October 4, 2019