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Team USA's Sydney Mclaughlin (C) wins the women's 400m hurdles final setting a new world record during the Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. hurdler Sydney McLaughlin clinched an Olympic gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles final at the 2020 Tokyo Games — breaking her own world record to finishing in 51.46 seconds on Wednesday morning local time.

The big picture: McLaughlin edged into silver teammate Dalilah Muhammad, who was defending her own gold from the 2016 Rio Games. The Netherlands' Femke Bol took Bronze.

  • McLaughlin was the first woman to break 52 seconds in this event, at the U.S. trials in July.
  • Along with McLaughlin and Muhammad, a third American, Anna Cockrell, was in the race, after all advanced from a rainy semifinal race on Monday.
  • But Cockrell was disqualified for apparently running outside of her lane.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Final U.S. Tokyo Games gold won by men's wheelchair basketball team

Team USA celebrate after defeating Team Japan during the men's wheelchair basketball gold medal game at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in Ariake Arena on Sunday. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The U.S. men's wheelchair basketball team beat Japan 64-60 to win gold at the Paralympics Sunday — Team USA's final Tokyo Games medal.

Of note: The American women's team won a bronze medal on Saturday.

Biden's big bet backfires

Two key dealmakers — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) — leave a luncheon in the Capitol yesterday. Photo: Kent Nishimura/L.A. Times via Getty Images

President Biden bit off too much, too fast in trying to ram through what would be the largest social expansion in American history, top Democrats privately say.

Why it matters: At the time Biden proposed it, he had his mind set on a transformational accomplishment that would put him in the pantheon of FDR and JFK.

Biden sinks in swing districts

Photo: Biden speaks about wild fires and climate change in Sacramento on September 13, 2021. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP via Getty Images

Sudden doubts about President Biden's competence — on Afghanistan, immigration and COVID — are driving double-digit drops in his approval in private polling in swing House seats, The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter writes.

Why it matters: "[T]hese early mistakes go directly to the very rationale of his presidency; that it would be low drama and high competence."