– This is fantastic. I ran the race exactly as we planned. All glory to God alone, said McLaughlin after the record race.
The new world record is an incredible 50.68 seconds.
– It’s just another world. He is a phenomenon in itself. This is one of the most extreme things I have ever seen on track. It was absolutely wild, said NRK commentator Jann Post.
He would place seventh in the unhindered 400 meters final in the same time – less than a second behind the bronze medal.
– It’s a race for immortality, said the Jann Post.
Julija Petsjonkina’s world record 52.34 was left untouched for 18 years. In the past three years, it has been demoted six times. The last four by McLaughlin.
The gold winner revealed after the race that he knew from the start that it was going to be a special day.
– I think we realized in the warm-up that today is the day. We’re ready. I try to go out there and do the job.
– It’s special. I always try to push myself for what is possible, he added.
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– There’s no one like him
Joanna Hayes coached McLaughlin from 2018 to 2020 and was there when she won World Cup silver in Doha in 2019. She describes phenomena like these:
– DNA. There’s no one like him. He can run from 100 meters to 800 meters with obstacles in between. He was built differently, Joanna Hayes told NRK.
Hayes won Olympic gold in the 100 meters hurdles in Athens in 2004. He has also coached World Cup silver winners in the 400 meters, Rai Benjamin, and Michael Norman, the recent world champion in the 400 meters. .
Before the race, he estimated a time of 50.90. That prediction was disgraceful. Part of the reason was how he got through the obstacles.
– He cuts hedges like a short hedge runner. Usually they jump over obstacles more in the 400-meter hurdles, but she crossed it like a sprinter, explained Christina Vukicevic Demidov in person.
Femke Bol took silver with a time of 52.27. Dalilah Muhammad, who held the world record between 2019 and 2021, took bronze at 53.13.
– It’s amazing. “It shows I have a lot of work to do,” Michelle Clayton told NRK, who finished sixth in the final.
– What he’s doing is really crazy! “He is a great player who deserves all the attention he gets here,” said Anna Ryzjykova, who finished last in the final with 54.93.
The Ukrainian was the second best European in the race, setting the championship’s first world record. Now he predicts a faster time.
– If everything was perfect, with charging, training, training and even more development in sports, then it would be possible to run faster, I think. Who knows what the future holds, says Ryzjykova.
Rushel Clayton also believes that supertime is possible to beat.
– If you just decide something, go “all in” and your body plays as a team, then I think anything is possible, the Jamaican told NRK.
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