Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone again in search of gold in 400m hurdles

By Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Watch world-leading efforts The easy win secured a spot in the 400-meter hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Sunday and gave America a leg up in one of its strongest events in Paris.

McLaughlin-Levrone, the reigning gold medallist and world number one, held off a strong 52.48-second effort in Saturday's semi-finals to book a spot in Sunday's thrilling final at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

The calm-natured McLaughlin-Levrone promised to “let it fly” in the meet’s final event, scheduled for 8:29 p.m. Eastern time.

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She will surely face a tough challenge from Anna Cockerell, who booked her place in the final by clocking a personal best time of 52.95 seconds in the semi-finals.

In contrast to McLaughlin-Levrone's professional demeanor, Cockerell could not contain her joy when she crossed the 53-second mark for the first time.

“It means I'm ready,” she said. “It lets me know that what we've been working towards in the past is working. I'm happy, I'm happy.”

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will compete in the women's 400m hurdles semifinals on Saturday.Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Also competing in Sunday’s final are Tokyo silver medallist Dalilah Muhammad and Shamier Little, who won their heats on Saturday.

Tokyo silver medallist Kenny Harrison, Rio silver medallist Nia Ali and Alaysha Johnson, who recorded a best semifinal time of 12.36 seconds, will compete in the women's 100m hurdles at 8 p.m.

Roy Benjamin and CJ Allen, who won silver medals in Tokyo, will race in the men's 400m hurdles at 8:20 p.m. They clocked the two top times in the semifinals – 47.97 seconds and 48.16 seconds, respectively.

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