Dalilah Muhammad eyes record in World Championship tilt

Dalilah Muhammad. (File Photo: IANS)

Dalilah Muhammad says she is relishing the pressure of trying to break her own world record as she aims to add a World Championships gold medal to her 2016 Olympics 400m hurdles crown.
The 29-year-old New Yorker stunned the athletics world in July when she obliterated one of the longest-standing records in women’s track and field during the US trials, storming to victory in 52.20sec.
Muhammad’s display sliced more than one tenth of a second off the previous record of 52.34sec, set by Russia’s Yuliya Pechonkina in 2003, and has led many wondering if the 52-second barrier may fall.
Muhammad, a silver medallist at the 2013 and 2017 world championships, is undaunted by the challenge of breaking hew own world mark.
“I’m always aiming to run my absolute best,” Muhammad said in Doha on Thursday. “And it just so happens that my absolute best would be another world record. “It adds a little bit of pressure to the race, sure. But it makes you want to run fast. It makes you want to go out there and prove what you said — so why not?”
Muhammad is buoyed by the fact that her record-breaking run in Iowa came after a slow start.
“I just need to be a little bit faster at each point,” she said. “My race was pretty good. But the start wasn’t that great. “I think putting my better start with that race is going to end up with a faster time.”
Spurring Muhammad towards a possible new record is a phenomenally talented pool of American women who could well end up sweeping the podium in Doha.