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.
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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.