Athing Mu sped through another record-breaking performance on Saturday, May 29 where she broke the collegiate record in the women’s 400 meters. With the new record, Texas A&M freshman won the NCAA Preliminary West Round in 49.68 and became the fastest U-20 woman in U.S. history, according to the USTFCCCA. Athing Mu along with the other top 12 performers will move on to the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, held in June in Eugene, Oregon. Delivering record-breaking performances is not a new zone for Mu. She became the 10th fastest American woman after running 1:57.73 at the Michael Johnson Invitational. In February, she broke the collegiate indoor record by running 1:58.40 to win the SEC indoor 800-meter title and she smashed a nearly 40-year-old collegiate record in the 600 meters by running 1:25.80 at the Texas Aggie Invitational on January 23.
Her speed and technique will next be witnessed at the first round of the 400 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.