EUGENE, Ore. — Five years ago at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, Sydney McLaughlin was a high-school student trying to prove she belonged.
This time around, she proved she's now the one to beat.
In one of the most highly-anticipated matchups of this year's Olympic trials Sunday night, McLaughlin set a new world record and slipped past reigning world champion Dalilah Muhammad to win the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.90.
Now 21, she will be heading back to the Olympic Games for the second time in her young career – and this time, as a world record-holder who is favored to win gold.
Muhammad, the reigning world champion in the event, finished second in 52.42. Anna Cockrell came in third to round out the U.S. team in the event.
It was a crowning moment for McLaughlin, who has gone from high-school prodigy to collegiate all-American to world championship silver medalist in the span of four years.
Heptathlete's heat scare
Taliyah Brooks was sitting in fourth place ahead of the penultimate event in the heptathlon when she collapsed on the track due to apparent heat exhaustion.
Brooks received medical attention and was placed in a wheelchair. Her agent, Tony Campbell, later told The Washington Post that Brooks was "OK" and "coherent." The Arkansas product had just completed the long jump and was officially listed as "Did Not Start" in the event that followed, the javelin throw.
When the entirety of trials was delayed five hours due to the extreme heat, Brooks filed a request to re-enter the competition, which was granted by the USA Track & Field Games Committee. But when it came time for Brooks to throw the javelin, USATF announced that she had withdrawn.
Distance double for Fisher, Kincaid
Bowerman Track Club teammates Grant Fisher and Woody Kincaid bookended their stay in Eugene with top-three finishes, as each secured a spot in two different events at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fisher and Kincaid finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 5,000-meter race on the last day of trials, more than a week after they came in second and first in the men's 10,000.
Paul Chelimo held off both men Sunday to win the 5,000 in a time of 13:26.82.
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