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American Sydney McLaughlin breaks her own 400m hurdles world record


American star Sydney McLaughlin thinks she can go even faster after breaking her own world record to win gold in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships.

The 22-year-old broke the world record for the fourth time in 13 months with a blistering time of 50.68 seconds on Friday in Eugene.

That shaved almost a second off her previous mark of 51.41 seconds, which she set at Hayward Field last month.

Olympic champion McLaughlin said: “The weather is absolutely amazing and the sport is getting faster and faster. I’m just picking up speed from here.

“I’m super grateful. Everything fell into place. It was absolutely unreal to have my family in the stands. So it was so important for me, after Tokyo, not having anyone, it was like a redemption.

“I knew when I got home, if I just kept my cadence and stayed on the stride pattern, we could do it and it happened.

“The level of the 400m hurdles is definitely improving. We have a full group of girls who are ready to push our bodies to the next level and we are seeing the times drop.

“It’s really an exciting time to participate in the event. I’m going to have to ask my coach what our next goal is. He calls the shots. I don’t smile until the job is done, until the last errand is over.

“I just stayed focused, in the zone. I’m always happy, always grateful to be here, but sometimes you have to see things clearly and concentrate.

“That’s all there is. Having my friends, my family here, being in the same time zone as Los Angeles.

“It all added up, eating foods that I know. All of this played a part in my time. I’m just really happy that we had this opportunity here in front of this incredible crowd.