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McLaughlin-Levrone to race 400m in New York


Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone (© AFP / Getty Images)

Organisers of the USATF NYC Grand Prix have announced that world and Olympic 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will contest the 400m flat at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in New York on 24 June.

McLaughlin-Levrone, the 2022 world female athlete of the year, is undefeated in her specialist distance since 2021, and has broken the 400m hurdles world record four times in that time span.

She opened her 2023 outdoor season with a 49.71 PB over 400m at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Paris last week, and will line up in the same event at the USATF NYC Grand Prix.

Challenging McLaughlin-Levrone in the 400m will be the previously announced

Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas will also line up for the 400m in New York, an hour after contesting the 100m. Earlier this year she reduced her 400m PB to 49.68.

World 400m champion Michael Norman is also confirmed for a sprint double in New York. First he will take on the 100m, where he’ll line up against 2019 world champion Christian Coleman and Olympic 200m silver medallist Kenny Bednarek, then he’ll be back on track an hour later for the 200m where he’ll take on two-time world champion and US record-holder Noah Lyles.

Fred Kerley, previously announced for the men’s 200m, and Marvin Bracy-Williams, previously announced for the men’s 100m, have withdrawn.

Additional top match-ups confirmed for the USATF NYC Grand Prix include world silver medallist Trey Cunningham, Devon Allen and 2021 NCAA champion Robert Dunning in the men’s 110m hurdles, while former world record-holder Keni Harrison and Olympic bronze medallist Megan Tapper will clash in the women’s 100m hurdles.

World champion Chase Ealey and 2021 Diamond League winner Maggie Ewen go head-to-head in the women’s shot put, while world indoor champion Ajee’ Wilson and2016 Olympic bronze medallist Clayton Murphy will feature in the women’s and men’s 800m respectively.

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