Dalilah Muhammad admits that ending 2019 as the World Athlete of the Year wasn’t something she expected at its outset. Certainly not in mid-July, when a freak accident during a routine training session nearly ended her season just as it was getting underway.
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Dalilah Muhammad's world 400m hurdles record of 52.16 and Yaroslava Mahuchikh's world U20 high jump records of 2.02m and 2.04m, all set at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, have now been ratified, along with Joshua Cheptegei's world 10km record of 26:38* and Edward Cheserek's 5km world record-equalling run of 13:29.
Eliud Kipchoge and Dalilah Muhammad have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the World Athletics Awards 2019, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on Saturday (23).
Dalilah Muhammad calls it her epiphany, the moment that set off a chain reaction for all that came next: Olympic gold, world record and – on Friday night at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 – a long-awaited world title.
USA's Dalilah Muhammad won the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 in a world record of 52.16*, taking 0.04 from her own mark set earlier this year.
Dalilah Muhammad’s world 400m hurdles record of 52.20 and Brittany Anderson’s world U20 100m hurdles records of 12.79 and 12.71 have been ratified.
At the US championships in Des Moines exactly one month ago, Dalilah Muhammad took her body on a trip where none had ever gone before. And after her sensational 52.20 performance that clipped 0.14 from a world record that stood for 16 years, she needed a break.
The men’s 400m hurdles has been the biggest talking point within athletics for the past 18 months, but now – with 60 days to go to the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 – the women’s event has been thrust into the spotlight.