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Watch out for the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics

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All eyes will be on Sydney McLaughlin as she aims to win gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in the women’s 400m hurdles. Historically, athletics events at all Olympic Games have garnered more attention and headlines than most other events.

With athletes like Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, Sergei Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva having kept fans and spectators spellbound in the past, the same can be expected from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

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The women’s hurdles in Tokyo will be one of the events to watch. With Sydney McLaughlin, Dalilah Muhammad, Femke Bol competing – the event will see some of the world’s best hurdles vying for the coveted Olympic title.

On that note, here we take a look at the top five women hurdles to watch in the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics.


# 1 Sydney McLaughlin

American athletics star Sydney McLaughlin recently broke the world record at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Not only that, McLaughlin finished ahead of Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist and world champion Dalilah Muhammad to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

McLaughlin also won a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships, where she lost to Dalilah Muhammad. The new world record holder has been chasing Muhammad for the past two years and eventually managed to not only break her but also set a new world record.

After her victory at Hayward Field, Sydney McLaughlin was quoted by NBC as follows:

“All the glory to God. Honestly this season, working with my new coach and my new support system is really about faith and trust in the process. “

Sydney McLaughlin is now the first female athlete to reach the under 52 second mark in the 400m hurdles. She recorded a time of 51.90 seconds at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States.

# 2 Femke Bowl

In the Stockholm Diamond League, Dutchwoman Femke Bol became the latest athlete to make headlines with the fourth fastest time in the women’s 400m hurdles. Femke Bol crossed the finish line in 52.38 seconds.

Speaking of Sydney McLaughlin’s record pursuit, Femke Bol was quoted by Insidethegames as saying:

“It would be nice if we could have someone to hunt so I could get close to that under-52 mark.”

But the 21-year-old Dutchwoman was happy and excited with her performance, having come close to Yulina Pechonkina’s European record. Pechonkina is the third fastest on the list with 52.34, the Russian registering it in 2003.

Femke Bol said by Athletics Weekly:

“I am amazed, I am so happy! I was a second away from my PB and am already performing PB. I think running PBs is going to stop for now, but I hope to keep getting closer to that time. I can not believe it ! In two days I have another competition in Hungary with the same peloton so it will be exciting.

Femke Bol won the gold medal in March at the European Indoor Championships. She was also part of the gold medalist 4x400m relay team at the same event in Torun, Poland.

# 3 Dalilah Muhammad

Before Sydney McLaughlin broke her record, Dalilah Muhammad held the world record in the 400m hurdles. That’s not all, Muhammad is one of two women in the history of the 400m hurdles to have won Olympic gold, gold at the world championships and to hold the world record at the same time. British athlete Sally Gunnell won gold at the Barcelona Games in 1992, won gold at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart and set the world record of 52.74 seconds.

Dalilah Muhammad will join Sydney McLaughlin and Anna Cockrell at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 400m hurdles. Although she did not get the first position in the US trials at Hayward Field, Muhammad recorded her best time of the season in 52.42 seconds while finishing second. And that gives the US contingent hope that the Rio Games gold medalist can get another medal in Tokyo.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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