Sydney McLaughlin wins GOLD in the 400-meter hurdles

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<small>(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)<small>

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And it’s ANOTHER world record for Syd!

Sydney McLaughlin, the 21-year-old former Kentucky track star, won gold on Tuesday night at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the 400-meter hurdles event with a world-record-setting time of 51.46 seconds. She is the youngest gold medalist in the event’s history.

Earlier this summer while qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, McLaughlin set the previous World Record in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.90. Suiting up for Team USA, she broke that record by nearly half a second on Tuesday, narrowly beating out teammate Dalilah Muhammad.

McLaughlin spent the 2017-18 season with Kentucky before turning pro, being crowned an NCAA Champion in the 400-meter hurdles, a three-time SEC Champion (2018 400m (indoor), 400H, and 4x400m relay), and a five-time All-American (2018 indoor 200m, 400m, 4x400m, and outdoor 400H, 4x400m)–all as a freshman.

Now, McLaughlin is an Olympic gold medalist.


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