Gegli news - US track star Sydney McLaughlin shatters own record - 7/25/2022 7:57:49 PM 7:57:49 PM
The race marked the fourth straight major event in which the once-in-a-lifetime athlete bettered the mark.
Sydney Michelle McLaughlin (born August 7, 1999) is an American hurdler and sprinter who is the world record holder in the 400 metres hurdles. She is the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist, and also the current world and Olympic records holder with 50.68s and 51.46s, respectively. McLaughlin was the first woman to break 52 seconds in the 400 m hurdles when she set a world record of 51.90 s at the 2020 USA Olympic trials. She won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships. At both the 2019 World Championships and Tokyo Games, she also took gold as part of a women's 4×400 meters relay team. In 2022, she became world champion in the 2022 World Athletics Championships, in Eugene, Oregon, with a new world record time of 50.68 seconds.
As a 15-year-old, she was the 2015 World youth champion. In 2016, McLaughlin was the youngest athlete since 1980 to qualify for the U.S. Olympic track team, having placed third at the U.S. Olympic Trials with the current world under-18 best of 54.15 seconds. She competed one year for the University of Kentucky before turning professional in 2018. She also holds the world under-20 record of 53.60 seconds, having achieved a junior personal best of 52.75s, with both marks set in 2018.
Track and field is a sport that includes athletic contests based on running, jumping, and throwing skills. The name is derived from where the sport takes place, a running track and a grass field for the throwing and some of the jumping events. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running and racewalking.
The foot racing events, which include sprints, middle- and long-distance events, racewalking, and hurdling, are won by the athlete who completes it in the least time. The jumping and throwing events are won by those who achieve the greatest distance or height. Regular jumping events include long jump, triple jump, high jump, and pole vault, while the most common throwing events are shot put, javelin, discus, and hammer. There are also "combined events" or "multi events", such as the pentathlon consisting of five events, heptathlon consisting of seven events, and decathlon consisting of ten events. In these, athletes participate in a combination of track and field events. Most track and field events are individual sports with a single victor; the most prominent team events are relay races, which typically feature teams of four. Events are almost exclusively divided by gender, although both the men's and women's competitions are usually held at the same venue. Recently, “mixed” relay events have been introduced into meets, whereby two men and two women make up the four-person team. If a race has too many people to run all at once, preliminary heats will be run to narrow down the field of participants.
Track and field is one of the oldest sports. In ancient times, it was an event held in conjunction with festivals and sports meets such as the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece. In modern times, the two most prestigious international track and field competitions are the athletics competition at the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships. World Athletics, formerly known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), is the international governing body for the sport of athletics.
Records are kept of the best performances in specific events, at world, continental, and national levels, right down to a personal level. However, if athletes are deemed to have violated the event's rules or regulations, they are disqualified from the competition and their marks are erased.
In the United States, the term track and field may refer to other athletics events, such as cross country, the marathon, and road running, rather than strictly track-based events.
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