The First World Championships in the U.S. Went Perfectly. But Was It Enough?

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Sports Illustrated

By Greg Bishop With the Los Angeles Games just six years away, the world championships were a chance to attract new track and field fans. But did it vault the sport into the mainstream as officials intended? Maybe it clicked when Sydney McLaughlin rounded the final turn in the 400-meter hurdles, sprinting virtually alone, out of breath and still flying down the track. The crowd at Hayward Field stood and gasped at one of the best performances in the voluminous history of track and field—the perfect race, in the perfect place, near the end of 10 ideal days of competition. If track stood to attr…

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