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U.S. hurdlers McLaughlin, Muhammad win gold, silver in 400M in world record time

Dalilah Muhammad of the USA, Jamaica's Janieve Russell, Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Sydney McLaughlin of the USA (L to R) cross the finish line in the women's 400-meter hurdles finals during the Tokyo Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Strong/UPI
Dalilah Muhammad of the USA, Jamaica's Janieve Russell, Femke Bol of the Netherlands and Sydney McLaughlin of the USA (L to R) cross the finish line in the women's 400-meter hurdles finals during the Tokyo Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Strong/UPI
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Aug. 3 (UPI) -- American runners Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad delivered a one-two punch in Tokyo on Wednesday in the women's 400-meter hurdles, with both of them shattering the world record in the race.

McLaughlin, 20, ran a blistering 51.46 seconds, obliterating the world record of 51.90 that she set last month when she became the first woman to run the event in under 52 seconds.

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The 31-year-old Muhammad, the reigning gold medalist in the event, also broke the previous world record with a time of 51.58 and took the silver.

The Netherlands' Femke Bol, 21, won bronze and broke a continental record with a time of 52.03 seconds.

The record-setting race came a day after Norway's Karsten Warholm, 25, became the first person to run the 400-meter hurdles in under 46 seconds (45.94) -- a race that could be one of the greatest heats in history, as seven of the eight runners broke world continental or national records.

A third American in Wednesday's race, Anna Cockrell, 23, was disqualified. Janieve Russell of Jamaica finished more than a second after Bol crossed the line.

The women got off the blocks fast with McLaughlin, Muhammad and Bol clearly leading the pack with the reigning Olympic gold medalist leading after the penultimate barrier.

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McLaughlin continued to push and passed Muhammad on the jump over the last barrier and the two ran nearly side-by-side with Bol two strides behind.

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The United States' Allyson Felix sprints around the track in the women's 4x400-meter relay final, where the United States took gold with a time of 3:16.85 while Poland took silver with a time of 3:20.53 and Jamaica taking bronze with a time of 3:21.24. Five-time Olympian Felix, is now the most decorated woman to ever compete in track at the Games with 11 total medals. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/UPI | License Photo

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