Sydney MCLAUGHLIN

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Rio 2016
  • Year of Birth
    1999
Olympic Results

Biography

Sydney MCLAUGHLIN

McLaughlin was perhaps born to be an athlete. Her dad, Willie, was a semi finalist in the 400m at the 1984 Olympic trails, while her mum was also a runner and her brother got silver at the 400m hurdles at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. But Sydney has outdone them all: she won the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in the 400m hurdles, and she holds a number of age group records.

She ran at Rio 2016 at the age of just 16, having qualified third in the US national trials – and eventually finished 16th overall, being eliminated in the semi finals. But it was her age that caught the headlines: McLaughlin was the youngest athlete to qualify for the USA track team since 1980.

She wasn’t expected to medal at such a young age, but athletics fans clearly saw a star in the making, and McLaughlin’s performance at the World Championships in Doha confirmed them. McLaughlin turns 21 two days before the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Might she emerge as one of its brightest stars?

“For me it’s kind of just focusing on myself and making sure I’m doing everything possible to be successful,” she says. She wasn’t always so committed to winning, she says. Her dad Willie used to bribe her to run with confectionary. “He said, ‘If you run, I’ll give you a chocolate bar.’ I ran the 100 meters and actually won,” says McLaughlin. “I think I was more excited about the chocolate bar than the fact I won. I guess he lured me into the sport.”

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Rio 2016

#5 h1 r2/3
400 metres Hurdles
400 metres Hurdles Athletics