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At only 16 years old, Sydney McLaughlin punched her ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a junior world record-breaking performance at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.
She broke another world record at the 2021 U.S. trials to earn her spot in the 400 meter hurdles event at the Tokyo Olympics. . All signs point to McLaughlin being on the podium at the Games.
But McLaughlin had proven herself as a force to be reckoned with long before she broke Dalilah Muhammad's record. The 21-year-old has been dominant on the track since 2014 when she was competing at Union Catholic High School in New Jersey. She broke the world record for distance medley relay in 2017 and a world under-20 hurdles record that same year.
Sponsored by New Balance, McLaughlin also won four straight high school titles in the 400 meter hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
She's now an Olympic gold medalist and broke her own world record in the women's 400-meter hurdles finals in Tokyo.
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How old is Sydney McLaughlin?
McLaughlin was born August 7, 1999 and is 21 years old – turning 22 during the Tokyo Olympics.
How tall is Sydney McLaughlin?
She is 5-foot-9.
Where is Sydney McLaughlin from?
McLaughlin is from New Jersey. She was born in New Brunswick and Dunellen is her hometown.
Where does Sydney McLaughlin go to college?
McLaughlin attended the University of Kentucky and ran track for the Wildcats during her freshman year, 2017-2018. She won three SEC titles (400m indoor, 400 hurdle and 4x400 relay) and was the 2018 NCAA 400 meter hurdle champion.
Is Sydney McLaughlin married?
No, but she is dating former NFL wide receiver Andre Levrone Jr.
Does Sydney McLaughlin have children?
When did Sydney McLaughlin start running?
She was named the Gatorade Girls National High School Track and Field Athlete of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
What record did Sydney McLaughlin break?
At the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in June, McLaughlin became the first woman ever to run the 400- meter hurdles in under 52 seconds with a time of 51.90. The time also broke the world record set by reigning Olympic and world champion Dalilah Muhammad, who she will compete against in Tokyo.
In the 400-meter hurdles finals, McLaughlin broke her own world record with a time of 51.46.
What did Sydney McLaughlin run at the Olympics?
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, McLaughlin ran the 400 meter hurdles and finished 17th. McLaughlin woncompete in the event in Tokyo, and may have a spot on one of the relay teams. She was a member of the gold-winning 4x400 team at the 2019 World Championships.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Meet Sydney McLaughlin, world record 400m hurdler at Tokyo Olympics