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Aug. 4 Report: U.S. track and field athletes win gold, silver in women’s 400 hurdles

By Alex Coil, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Aug. 04, 2021, 1:04 p.m. (ET)

Sydney McLaughlin (left) and Dalilah Muhammad of the U.S. celebrate winning gold and silver, respectively, in the women's 400-meter hurdles at the 2020 Olympic Games.

 As athletes leaned across the finish line of the women’s 400-meter hurdles final in Tokyo, a pair of U.S. track and field athletes lunged to the top of the podium, earning gold and silver medals.

Sydney McLaughlin (Kentucky, track and field) and Dalilah Muhammad (USC, track and field) took home the gold and silver medal, respectively. 

"This means everything to me at this moment,” Muhammad said. “This just shows the hard work that I’ve been able to accomplish and how proud I am of this moment. Putting things into perspective, with the career that I’ve had, to be 31 and running at your very, very best, is absolutely amazing."

With each athlete running a personal best time, McLaughlin’s gold medal effort qualified as the world record with a time of 51.46.

"I just want to set a good example, be the best that I can be and encourage people as well to be the best that they can be," McLaughlin said following the event.

Muhammad’s personal best time of 51.58 was nearly one-half second faster than the bronze medal winner. 

Elsewhere in track and field, U.S. athlete Courtney Frerichs (New Mexico and Missouri-Kansas City, track and field) won the silver medal in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a season best time of 9:04.79.

In the men’s 200-meter final, U.S. athletes finished 2-3-4 with Kenny Bednarek (Indian Hills, track and field) and his personal best time of 19.68 earning the silver medal.

Tokyo talk

- The U.S. baseball team defeated the Dominican Republic to advance to the semifinals. David Robertson (Alabama, baseball) picked up his second save of the Olympics in the 3-1 victory. 

- U.S. divers Delaney Schnell (Arizona, swimming and diving) and Katrina Young (Florida State, swimming and diving) both advance to the women’s 10-meter platform semifinals. Schnell took third with a score of 360.75, Young placed 17th with a 286.65.

- U.S. golfer Danielle Kang (Pepperdine, golf) finished the first round three shots back of the lead with a 2-under.

- The U.S. women’s basketball team defeated Australia to advance to the semifinals with the help of Breanna Stewart’s (Connecticut, basketball) 23-point performance.

- In women’s 10-kilometer open water swimming, Haley Anderson (USC, swimming and diving) and Ashley Twichell (Duke, swimming and diving) placed sixth and seventh, with Twitchell finishing one second behind Anderson with a time of 1:59:37.9.

- The U.S. women’s volleyball team advanced to the semifinals by defeating the Dominican Republic. Andrea Drews (Purdue, volleyball) led the way with 21 points, all coming on the attack. 
U.S. wrestler David Morris Taylor III (Penn State, wrestling) advanced to the 86kg final, defeating Deepak Punia of India 10-0.

Looking ahead

Jordan Wilimovsky (Northwestern, swimming and diving) competes for a medal in Men’s 10-kilometer open water swimming today at 5:30pm EDT.

Quote of the day

"You got this – you can do this. You were made for this. The same way you doubt yourself, have belief in yourself, too. Because that belief is what pushes you further than any work on the track can ever do." – Dalilah Muhammad (USC, track and field) following her silver-medal performance in the 400-meter hurdles

Alex Coil, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Alex Coli is a journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a collaboration between the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.