Sydney Michelle McLaughlin, an American hurdler, and sprinter, born on August 7, 1999, currently holds the 400-meter hurdles world record. She won the gold medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and has the Olympic and world record times of 50.68 and 51.46, respectively.
When McLaughlin achieved a world record of 51.90 seconds at the 2020 USA Olympic trials, she became the first woman to breach 52 seconds in the 400 m hurdles.
She took silver in the 2019 World Championships. She also won gold as part of a women's 4400 meters relay team at the 2019 World Championships and the Tokyo Games. In 2022, she won the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, setting a new world record time of 50.68 seconds.
She won the World Youth Championships as a 15-year-old in 2015. McLaughlin was the youngest athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic track squad since 1980 in 2016, finishing third at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a world under-18 best time of 54.15 seconds.
She competed for the University of Kentucky for one year before becoming a professional in 2018. She also holds the world under-20 record of 53.60 seconds, having recorded a junior personal best of 52.75s in 2018.
Early Life Of Sydney Mclaughlin
Willie McLaughlin, the father, is a three-time All-American and member of the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame. At the 1984 Olympic Trials, he finished in the semi-finals of the 400 meters.
Mary Neumeister McLaughlin, her mother, was a 2:12 half-miler at Cardinal O'Hara High School in Tonawanda, New York, where she competed on the boys' team. When Mary arrived at Manhattan College in 1979, there was no women's track team, so she became the men's track team manager.
Sydney grew up in the New Jersey town of Dunellen. McLaughlin began running at a young age in 2017, following in the footsteps of his brother Taylor and older sister Morgan. She graduated from Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains, where she was the first two-time Gatorade Track & Field Player of the Year. Kelvin H. Walker personally trained her while she was at Union Catholic Regional High School.
For St. Peter's University, her older sister Morgan ran. Taylor, her older brother, competed for the University of Michigan and took home silver in the 400-meter hurdles event at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. He and Sydney were selected to the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 games.
As a star in the Union Catholic track program, her younger brother Ryan followed in the footsteps of his older siblings. He became the family's fifth winner of a county track championship in New Jersey.
Career Of Sydney Mclaughlin's
McLaughlin finished second in the 400-meter hurdles behind Shamier Little at the 2014 national junior (under-20) championships; her 55.63 national high school freshman record and a world age-14 best.
She would have qualified to compete for the U.S. at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships, but she was a year too young. That summer, McLaughlin also achieved a global age group record (13.34) in the 100-meter hurdles over 76.2 cm (2 ft 6 in).
At the 2015 national youth trials, McLaughlin lowered her 400-meter hurdles best to 55.28; the time was a world record for a 15-year-old and stood second on the all-time world youth list after Leslie Maxie's world youth best (and U.S. high school record) of 55.20 achieved in 1984.
She earned a spot at the Cali, Colombia, IAAF World Youth Championships in 2015, where she won gold in 55.94 and concluded the year as the world's top junior and youth competitor in the competition.
Personal Life Of Sydney Mclaughlin's
McLaughlin is married to Andre Levrone Jr. (born March 9, 1995), a 2017 University of Virginia alumnus who spent three seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver before leaving the league.
Levrone and McLaughlin announced their engagement on August 25, 2021, in the Scottsdale Four Seasons Resort. On May 5, 2022, they will marry at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Virginia.
McLaughlin is a Christian.
On August 28, 2021, her hometown of Dunellen, New Jersey, named the track at the town's Columbia Park after McLaughlin.
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Sydney Mclaughlin, an Olympic Champion, Has Broken the 400-meter Hurdles World Record Four Times in Total, the Most Recent Time Coming on July 22 at the World Athletics Championship in Another Spellbinding Time of 50.68.
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Mclaughlin Attended the University of Kentucky After Graduating From Union Catholic High School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, and Won the Ncaa 400m Hurdles Title in 2017-18.