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McLaughlin DL Debut Sets Tone for Team USATF at Oslo


Making her debut in Diamond League 400m hurdles competition, Sydney McLaughlin took down some of the biggest names in the event Thursday at Oslo's Bislett Stadium to win in 54.16 ahead of reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad and reigning world champ Kori Carter. Muhammad, previously undefeated in two DL meets this year, clocked 54.35 in second, with Shamier Little's 54.92 and Carter's 55.67 giving the U.S. a sweep of the top four spots.


There were three other American winners on the night. Despite somewhat chilly conditions, Christian Coleman sped to a world-leading 9.85 to dominate the men's 100m, winning by .16 over China's Zhenye Xie. Mike Rodgers was third in 10.04.


Pole vaulters Sam Kendricks and Cole Walsh went 1-3, as Kendricks inched over 5.91m/19-4.75 on his final attempt, the only man to clear that height. Walsh, last year's USATF outdoors third-placer, had a clean slate through 5.81m/19-0.75, where he went over on his third try to set a lifetime best by six centimeters.


In the women's 100m hurdles, Christina Clemons won in 12.69, .05 ahead of Sharika Nelvis, after a false start dropped Brianna McNeal out of the race.


World champion Emma Coburn opened her 2019 3,000m steeplechase campaign with the 10th-fastest time ever by an American woman, finishing fourth in 9:08.42, with Mel Lawrence notching a personal best of 9:29.81 in 13th.


After holding the lead for three rounds in the women's triple jump, Keturah Orji ended up in the runner-up position with a best of 14.53m/47-8, and Chase Ealey also finished second in the women's shot put with a throw of 19.20m/63-0. Olympic champion Michelle Carter had her best throw since August 2017 with an 18.28m/59-11.75 season opener.


USATF Indoor two-mile winner Drew Hunter turned in a national-leading 7:39.85 personal best in the 3,000m, just ahead of Ben True's 7:40.49 as the duo went 7-8 in a star-studded field. The final race of the evening, the Dream Mile, saw Johnny Gregorek run an outdoor personal record 3:52.94 for fourth, one spot in front of Clayton Murphy's 3:52.97.


Jenna Prandini was the top American in the women's 200m, placing third in 23.10, and David Kendziera was fourth in the men's 400m hurdles in 49.27.

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