NASHVILLE: American Sydney McLaughlin set this year’s world-best time on Sunday by winning the 400-metre hurdles in 52.83 seconds at the Music City Track Carnival in Nashville, Tennessee.

Her victory came in a tune-up meet for the US Olympic trials later this month at Eugene, Oregon, ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympics.

McLaughlin’s personal best of 52.23 left her behind the world-record effort of 52.16 by Dalilah Muhammad, the reigning Olympic champion.

Other top efforts at the meet included Steven Gardiner of the Bahamas winning the men’s 400 metres in 45.06, meeting the Olympic qualifying standard, and American Katie Nageotte winning the women’s pole vault by clearing 4.85 metres, 0.08 shy of her 2021 world best set last month.

Published in Dawn, June 8th, 2021

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