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McLaughlin-Levrone runs world-leading 52.70 in 400m hurdles at Edwin Moses Classics

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone signal that she is in great form after the American Olympic champion and world record holder ran an impressive world-leading time of 52.70 seconds in her first 400m hurdles of the season at the 2024 Edwin Moses Classics in Atlanta on Friday.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone at the 2024 Edwin Moses Classics
Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone at the 2024 Edwin Moses Classics

ATLANTA, GA — Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone made an impressive start to her 400m hurdles season, setting a world-leading time of 52.70 seconds at the 2024 Edwin Moses Classics in Atlanta on Friday, May 31st.

McLaughlin-Levrone, who last competed in the 400m hurdles in August 2022 when she set the world record of 50.68 seconds en route to claiming gold at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, was in complete dominance here today.

The 24-year-old, who was targeting the Olympic qualifying time of 54.85 secs, surged ahead early in the race, securing a substantial lead over her competitors before powering home to achieve the ninth-fastest time of her career.

Her previous performances in the 200m races, notably a personal best of 22.07 seconds, hinted at her potential for a strong showing in Atlanta. Despite limited hurdles practice, McLaughlin-Levrone showed that she will be ready to secure a spot on the U.S. team to the Paris 2024 Games.

“It’s a progression,” she said in reference to her season opener in her specialty. “Shaking the rust off after two years, I’ll take a 52.70. She admits that she still has “things to work on. We haven’t had much hurdles practices so there’s alot to improve.”

Finished second to McLaughlin-Levrone on Friday was Michelle Smith of the British Virgin Islands, who ran a time of 55.96 seconds, followed by Grace Claxton of Puerto Rico in third with 56.26 seconds.

Additionally, at the event, former LSU NCAA champion Terrance Laird won the men’s 200m in 20.30 seconds, while Audrey Leduc set a Canadian national record of 22.36 seconds in the women’s race, outpacing Tamari Davis of the USA (22.39 seconds).

Vashti Cunningham of the USA secured victory in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.90m.

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Gary Smith is one of the leading writers for World-Track.org. He has over 20 years of running experience, as well as 12 years of coaching while covering several events, from the international to college level. Smith, who has covered events for publications such as Caribbean Net News, European Athletics, Cayman Net News, AFP, and Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), is also a frequent contributor of SportingAlert.com and TrackAlerts.com. Smith holds a degree in Communication and Journalism. Twitter | LinkedIn | News Break Writer

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