World champion and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin closed her season with effortless brilliance as she clocked the fastest ever 400m hurdles time on European soil at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar on Monday (8).
The World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting saw five more world champions underscore their world-leading status with impressive victories at the Bregyo Atletikai Kozpont Center. And she wasn’t the only world champion to deliver in the speed stakes, as Jamaican sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran the second fastest 100m of the year.
On an evening where eight meeting records were broken, the capacity Hungarian crowd was given an appetiser of what’s to come at next year’s World Championships in Budapest.
There was huge anticipation around McLaughlin’s first appearance since her astonishing performance at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 and she didn’t disappoint. Running strong from the gun, she held perfect form throughout to clock 51.68, a meeting record by more than a second and the sixth fastest time ever.
“I just wanted to go out there and execute and have a clean race,” she said. “I had a little bit of a break coming off the worlds. But it felt like a good race and I am really happy with the time. We are excited to be here (in Hungary) and scouting out everything ahead of the worlds next year.”
SOURCE: WORLD ATHLETICS