A world record is a thing of beauty. It is the ‘perfect storm’, with the athletes level of fitness, focus and conditions supporting the competition. Funny thing was, for the world record of Dalilah Muhammed, it had just stopped raining.
Most fans were looking to WL (53.34) Sydney McLaughlin to show something special. In this race, Sydney McLaughlin went out in a very conservative manner. Not so for Dalilah Muhammed.
Muhammed went out fast, making up the stagger on the field. She came off the 300m mark in the lead, and she did not stop, going down the final stretch, in a nearly flawless run to the finish, clearing the last 2 hurdles, and running a WR of 52.20!
Dalilah told the media post race:
“I’m still in shock. My coach said there’s no way you can’t do it. I was aiming for it the whole weekend. This year, the world record’s been on my mind.”
On top three: “We’ve all been fighting for those top three spots. We all want to come out on top.”
The podcast is our salute to Dalilah Mohammed and perfect 52.20 seconds, breaking the WR of 52.34, set August 8, 2003 by Yuliya Pechonkina.
Special thanks to Mike Deering, The Shoe Addicts, who produces these podcasts.