In NCAA Hurdle Debut, Sydney McLaughlin Breaks Her Own WJR

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Sydney McLaughlin is exceeding even the most ambitious projections of her freshman season. 

The 18-year-old from Kentucky ran 53.60 in the 400m hurdles at the National Relay Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday evening. The mark shaves 0.22 seconds off the world junior record that she set at the 2017 U.S. Championships and puts her fourth on the all-time NCAA list. 



It was McLaughlin’s first attempt at the 400m hurdles as a collegian. Earlier this outdoor season, she posted times of 50.07 in the 400m, 22.39 in the 200m, and a wind-aided 11.07 in the 100m.

Those times ramped up speculation of just what McLaughlin would be capable of when she made her season debut in the 400m hurdles—the event where she has had the most international success. On Friday evening she answered those questions and solidified that she is a threat to win an NCAA title in multiple events this June.

NCAA All-Time Top Five: Women's 400m Hurdles

Kori CarterStanford53.216/7/2013
Shamier LittleTexas A&M53.516/11/2016
Sheena TostaUCLA53.546/12/04
Sydney McLaughlinKentucky53.604/27/2018
Georganne MolineArizona53.726/7/2013

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Which Of The 2020 World Records Is Best?

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For a year in which both the world indoor championships and the Olympic Games were postponed, 2020 has seen its fair share of world records. (Of course, one could argue that those events being postponed aided in world record achievement, particularly in the cases of Joshua Cheptegei and Letesenbet Gidey.) A season with so much history has begged a question: which among these world records is the best? 

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For the second time in less than two months, 24-year-old Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei has taken a world record from Kenenisa Bekele. After breaking Bekele’s 5,000m record on August 14 in Monaco in 12:35.37, Cheptegei on Wednesday ran 26:11.00 in Valencia, Spain, to dismantle the 26:17.53 Bekele ran in 2005.

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Letesenbet Gidey Crushes Women's 5,000m WR In 14:06.62

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22-year-old Letesenbet Gidey smashed fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba’s 5,000m world record on Wednesday night in Valencia, Spain, by running 14:06.62. Gidey, running in the NN Valencia World Record Day, took down Dibaba’s 14:11.15 mark which had stood since 2008.

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele has scratched from Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon, organizers reported this morning.  Bekele, 38, picked up a small injury in his left calf in the final weeks of preparation for the hotly-anticipated showdown between the Ethiopian star and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya.  The men are the two fastest marathoners of all time.

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