Rai Benjamin Dominates LA 400m Hurdles in 46.64sec, McLaughlin-Levrone Shines in 200m Victory

Rai Benjamin 400m hurdles victory

LOS ANGELES: American Rai Benjamin triumphed in the men’s 400m hurdles with a world-leading 46.64 seconds at the Los Angeles Grand Prix on Saturday. The Olympic silver medallist’s performance marks the ninth-fastest time ever, setting the stage for an exciting showdown at the Paris Games with Norway’s Karsten Warholm and Brazil’s Alison dos Santos, who claimed gold and bronze in the Tokyo Olympics.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, the world record-holder and Olympic champion in the women’s 400m hurdles, delivered a personal best of 22.07 seconds (wind -0.3m/sec) to win the 200m, making it the second-fastest time globally this year. In her first 200m competition since 2018, she defeated fellow American Abby Steiner by 0.25 seconds. Gabby Thomas, world silver and Olympic bronze medallist, finished sixth in 22.68 seconds.

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American McKenzie Long holds the world’s fastest 200m time this year at 22.03 seconds, while Jamaican Shericka Jackson, last year’s world champion, has yet to compete in a 200m race in 2024.

In other highlights, American Michael Norman won the 400m in 44.53 seconds, overcoming 2012 Olympic gold medallist Kirani James of Grenada, who finished in 44.85 seconds. Kyree King claimed victory in the men’s 100m in 10.11 seconds, narrowly beating Botswana’s world silver medallist Letsile Tebogo by 0.02 seconds.

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