Rai Benjamin wins at Mt. Sac Relays 2023

WALNUT, Calif. (April 15) — Rai Benjamin, a two-time world silver medalist, won the 400-meter hurdles at the 63rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays 2023, setting a world-leading time of 47.74 seconds in his season debut on Friday. Benjamin won his third event of the season after competing in two 400m races earlier this month. The competition this weekend was held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.

The American champion got off to a strong start and was in total control of the race after the 150m as he went on to dominate a field of collegiate athletes on his way to bettering the previous 2023 world best of 48.74 seconds set by Dave Kendziera. Benjamin’s winning time also smashed the meet record of 48.49 seconds set 21-year-ago by Chris Rawlinson of Great Britain in 2002.

Cass Elliott of Washington finished second on Saturday with a time of 49.65 seconds, followed by Guillermo Campos Ornelas of Mexico in 49.73 seconds. Caleb Cavanaugh of Georgia finished fourth with a time of 49.92 seconds. – Read More: Britton Wilson sets collegiate 400m record with 49.51 at Tom Jones Memorial Invitational

Benjamin’s recent victories include a personal best time of 44.21 seconds at the USC Trojan Invite in Los Angeles last week. On April 1, The Olympic silver medalist ran 44.94 seconds in Florida over the one-lap event, adding to his outstanding early season form in the current campaign.

Meanwhile, also at the 2023 Mt. Sac Relays this weekend, Cravont Charleston won the elite men’s 100m with a wind-aided time of 9.87 (+3.0 m/s), while Michael Norman, the world 400m champion, finished third in 10.02 seconds in his 2023 season opener.

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