USC’s Rai Benjamin claimed the national championship in the 400 meter hurdles today in a mind-blowing 47.02, tying Edwin Moses’s former world record for the second-fastest time in human history in the event.
Only Kevin Young’s 46.78, set at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, was faster. Benjamin’s time obviously sets a new collegiate mark in the event; he beat the old one by more than half a second.
His previous best in the event? 47.98 seconds. The Antiguan, whose father is professional cricketer Winston Benjamin, plans to run internationally for the United States.