The American Sydney McLaughlin made an extraordinary comeback this weekend, and in her first competition since winning the silver medal at the Doha World Championships in 2019, she claimed the 400m hurdles world lead, triumphing in the Music City Track Carnival, held at the Montgomery Bell Academy track in Nashville, Tennessee.
McLaughlin, 21, prevailed with an impressive 52.83, her best start to the season at that distance, escorted by Lea Nugent of Jamaica (55.34) and Canada’s Sage Watson (56.04).
In the same distance, but in men, the United States took the podium with Trevor Bussitt (48.80), Kenny Selmon (48.96) and C. J Allen (48.97).
In the women’s 400m dash there was also a full crowd of local athletes, thanks to Jessica Beard (51.44), Naasha Robinson (51.94) and Francena McCorory (52.01).
In 1500m, victory went to Clayton Murphy (3:38.07), followed by Brett Meyer (3:38.10) and Nick Willis of New Zealand (3:38.43). In the same distance in ladies, Danny Oregon was the winner with 4:05.46, followed by Jenny Simpson, also from the United States, with 4:06.18 and Natalia Hawthorn from Canada with 4:06.63.
In the shot put, the first place went to the Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd with 19.26 m, followed by the locals Jessica Ramsey with 18.78 and Raven Saunders with 18.50. In the men’s event, New Zealander Tom Walsh won with an excellent 22.00.
In the pole vault, Sam Kendricks of the USA triumphed with 5.71 meters, the same mark as his compatriot Matt Ludwing, leaving the third place for Carson Watters with 5.51.