Dalilah Muhammad dominated the 400-meter hurdles on Sunday in the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore.
Muhammad blitzed the field with a winning time of 52.88 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. Second place was Ashley Spencer (54.02), and, perhaps one of the surprises of the meet, 16-year-old Sydney McLaughlin (54.15) of Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, N.J.
McLaughlin’s time sets a world junior record, and betters the 54.46 she ran at the New Balance Nationals in June to break the 32-year-old record set by Leslie Maxie of Mills (Millbrae, Calif.) in 1984.
McLaughlin becomes the youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since, well, earlier in the week, when 18-year-old Vashti Cunningham earned her spot in the high jump. The last 16-year-old to make the team was 100 hurdler Rhonda Brady in 1976.
Muhammad, 26, the silver medalist at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, is the first hurdler to dip below 53 seconds since 2013.