This is athleticism in its purest, most undiluted form:
Sydney McLaughlin shattered her world record by a whopping 0.73 seconds Friday, blazing through the 400-meter hurdles in 50.68 seconds for her first career gold medal at the world championships.
The 22-year-old obliterated the field in setting the first world record of these championships. More impressively, it marked the fourth straight major race in which she's bettered the mark.
"It's unreal," McLaughlin said in the post-race interview on the track.
Oh it's very much real, Ms. McLaughlin. We have the tape, after all.
(Timestamped to the race's start)
Just watching her leave everyone behind in the dust is a thing of beauty:
Look at the reaction of her husband and her parents!
And you gotta love her understated reaction:
It is indeed great, Sydney. You did your country proud!
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