McLaughlin dazzles to new world lead in 400 metres in U.S. championships

Sydney McLaughlin extended a stunning world lead by winning the 400 meters in 48.74 seconds at the US Championships on Saturday.

Stamped her field in a new competition a year after her magic in hurdling in Eugene, Oregon.

McLaughlin took an immediate lead in the clinical performance and finished just short of the American record.

Britton Wilson was five hundredths of a second behind and Talitha Diggs took third in 49.93.

McLaughlin broke his own 400 m hurdles world record the year before to win the world title.

McLaughlin will have the opportunity to double it with the flat event at the World Championships starting August 19 in Budapest, Hungary.

McLaughlin made a statement to Trackside Television "Great people always push themselves and I want to be one of them so I have to push myself".

McLaughlin said, "I have to step out of my comfort zone, so I'm happy to be here."