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Sydney Mclaughlin of the USA wins the women’s 400 meter hurdles final at the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Petr David Josek / AP Hide caption

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Sydney Mclaughlin of the USA wins the women’s 400 meter hurdles final at the Tokyo Summer Olympics.

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TOKYO – The 400-meter hurdles race has so far proven to be the marquee on the track at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The US runner Sydney McLaughlin pushed from behind on the last stretch to break her own world record and take Olympic gold. The men’s world record was broken less than 24 hours earlier.

In the women’s category, the world record holder competed against the reigning gold medalist. Both are US athletes. McLaughlin, 21, had previously broken the world record at the US Olympic Trials in June. It was the first time a woman broke 52 seconds in this event. Today it clocked 51:46.

“It’s just the flood of emotions that you can’t process,” said McLaughlin after the race.

Dalilah Muhammad, the 31-year-old former world record holder, won gold in this discipline at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She took silver in Tokyo with her fastest time ever, 51.58.

McLaughlin said racing against Muhammad made them both better. “I think this is really just iron that sharpens the iron. You know you need someone who can make you do your best. And I think that’s what we’re doing so well. “

She said she doesn’t see it as a rivalry. “There’s no such thing as bad blood. I think it’s two athletes who want to do their best and know that there is another great girl who will help you get there.”

Silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad hugs gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, both of Team United States, after they competed in the women’s 400m hurdles final on Wednesday. Ryan Pierse / Getty Images Hide caption

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Silver medalist Dalilah Muhammad hugs gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin, both of Team United States, after they competed in the women’s 400m hurdles final on Wednesday.

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Muhammad said her years of experience helped her put the silver medal in perspective. “I’m really proud of second place and yes, coming home with silver after breaking a world record … it might be mixed feelings, but right now I really don’t feel that way. I’m really proud of it,” said Mohammed.

After the race, the two women gave each other a warm hug.

Bronze went to Femke Bol from the Netherlands.

The 400 meter hurdles really do have a moment in these games.

The men’s final was also a match-up against two of the fastest men to ever run the race.

The Norwegian Karsten Warholm broke his own world record by around three quarters of a second. And Rai Benjamin from the USA was right behind him, with a time that was also faster than the previous world record.

McLaughlin said watching the men’s race “certainly sparked some energy and adrenaline”.

“It’s cool to be part of this next generation of athletes who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

US Nabs takes Olympic silver in the fastest 400-meter hurdles of all time

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