Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone brilliant in 400m hurdles

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone brilliant in 400m hurdles

For her return to competition, the Australian, world record holder for the distance, set an excellent time in Atlanta.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, reigning Olympic champion, fully succeeded in her return to her specialty, the 400m hurdles: the American won the event by winning in 52”70, the best world time of the year, during from the Atlanta meeting Friday evening.

McLaughlin-Levrone, 24, also holder of the world record in 50”68, had not run 400m hurdles competitively since July 2023. The hurdler largely dominated the race on Friday and did not seem to have suffered too much of his lack of reference points. McLaughlin-Levrone made his return to competition on April 20 in Walnut, but over 400 m flat, before continuing with a 100 m hurdles and a 200 m on May 4 in Los Angeles, then another 200 m on May 18 , still in Los Angeles, which she had flown over. She announced after the race that she had planned until the American selection events (June 21-30 in Eugene) for the Olympic Games, where she aims to retain her title in Paris in August, to only race ‘in the USA.

“I love running and I love Europe, but I think after a year like the one I just had, and the injury I suffered last year (a knee injury which forced her to withdraw from the 2023 Worlds, editor’s note)I have to be careful”she declared after her victory. “The trips are physically demanding, and I will take it easy until the US selections”, added the comeback, fully satisfied with her performance in Atlanta. With this time of 52”70, she erases by more than a second the previous best performance of the year, achieved by the Jamaican Rushell Clayton in 53”72 on May 11 in Kingston.

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