'Sheer insanity': American champ shatters world record at Olympics

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Sydney McLaughlin (pictured left) winning the women's 400m hurdles final and  American Dalilah Muhammad (pictured right) embracing McLaughlin in Tokyo. (Getty Images)
Sydney McLaughlin (pictured left) broke the world record in the women's 400m hurdles final and fellow American Dalilah Muhammad (pictured right embracing McLaughlin) grabs silver in Tokyo. (Getty Images)

American Sydney McLaughlin has shattered her own world record in the 400m hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics.

The women's 400m hurdles final was billed as a must-watch with Americans McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad entering the race in phenomenal form.

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And the raced lived up to the hype with McLaughlin putting in a remarkable run to break her own world record with a time of 51.46 seconds.

Muhammad, the 2019 world and 2016 Olympic champion, was only slightly behind with a time of 51.58, which would have also broken the old record.

The 21-year-old stuttered on the penultimate barrier but was a metre clear coming down the home stretch as she powered across the line to beat her previous record of 51.90 set at the US trials in June.

The showdown between McLaughlin and Muhammad, 31, was among the most highly anticipated of the athletics programme at the Tokyo Games.

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A day earlier, viewers went wild over the men's 400m hurdles that saw Norway's Karsten Warholm break the world record.

This time it was the women's turn to set the Olympics on fire.

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