On July 22, 2022, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the United States, gold medallist Sydney Mclaughlin of Team USA celebrates after the Women's 400m Hurdles Final of the 18th World Athletics Championships.
Over the previous two nights, American athletes have dominated the World Athletics Championships.
In the 200-meter dash on Thursday night, Noah Lyles ran a 19.31 to break the previous American record
That surpassed Michael Johnson's 19.32 record from more than 25 years earlier.
In the 400-meter hurdles, star hurdler Sydney McLaughlin stormed out of the blocks and down the back straightaway.
Before the 200-meter point, she was in the lead and never let go
McLaughlin finished her race in a time of 50.68, breaking the 51-second barrier for the first time.
Her feat astounded the track and field community. Fans naturally gawked, wondering what she may have accomplished in the unrestricted 400-meter dash without obstacles in her path.
I need to see it first, then I'll have to go back and speak with my coach," McLaughlin added.
At the World Championships in Oregon on Friday, Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin shattered her own world mark en route to victory in the women's 400-meter hurdles.
At Hayward Field, the 22-year-old American prodigy left competitors in the dust as she won gold in an astonishing time of 50.68 seconds
the first time a woman has ever ducked under the 51-second mark.
In 52.27, Femke Bol of the Netherlands won silver, while in 53.13, Dalilah Muhammad of the United States won bronze.