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USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Recap – An Historic Women’s 400m Hurdles

USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Recap – An Historic Women’s 400m Hurdles

Meet record & World Leading Mark for Muhammad 

Delilah Muhammad (Photo credit: Jason Suarez)

Sacramento, Calif. – Reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad (Jamaica, New York) was majestic in winning the deepest women’s 400H race ever, stopping the clock at 52.64 ahead of Shamier Little (Chicago, Illinois) (52.75) and Kori Carter (52.95). It was the first time in history that three women have gone sub-53 in the same race.

The University of Kentucky commit Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) shattered her own world U20 record with a sixth-place finish in 53.82.

“I am feeling good. I am feeling amazing. My coach told me it was there, I just had to trust him and believe it and keep my faith, so I am just really happy right now.” said Muhammad. “Right now I just wanted to make the team and that’s 100 percent honest. Of course every race I go out there trying to win. I knew it was going to be a fast race and my coach was telling me to just go with it and trust that I will be able to finish and that’s what I did.”

Little, who failed to make the Rio Olympic team after a stellar NCAA season, finds herself on the USA Team headed to London.  “I am feeling great.”  Little said after the race. ” I walked away with a PR and made the team. It is an overall good feeling.”

Carter, who makes her first USA World’s Team was clearly looking ahead to London.  “I knew it was going to be fast, with all the talent we’ve got in this event. How are we going to do in London? Not to jinx us, but we can’t have only the 100-meter hurdlers doing sweeps.”

McLaughlin is clearly a stellar performer at such a young age was reflective of her 2016/17 season as well.  “That was a fast race! It was great, it’s great to see that I progress this far in the season. Coming off the high school season, coming into the pro race against these fast women, so I think that’s exactly where I wanted to be. I knew I couldn’t make the team, because I had to run a 52, I was just trying to run a 54 to try and get that junior record.”

Team USATF will send Shamier Little and Kori Carter, along with Cassandra Tate, who won the Diamond League trophy last year, to the IAAF World Championships in London.

 

Related article…Muhammad Wins Historic 400m Hurdles Race At US Championships

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