United States of America
TeamUnited States of America
Olympic Medals
Games Participations2
First Olympic GamesRio 2016
Year of Birth1999
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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 is an Olympic gold medallist and 400m hurdle world record holder.

McLaughlin's potential to make history has long since been written on the wall. She competed 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. At the time, her age caught the headlines: McLaughlin was the youngest athlete to qualify for the USA track team since 1980.

While she wasn’t expected to medal at such a young age, athletics fans still believed they saw a star in the making - and they were right to sense so. At the 2019 World Championships in Doha the young American won silver in the 400m hurdles.

“I knew the race would be fast,” said McLaughlin after the Worlds. “But I didn’t think it would be that fast. I’m still young and I’ve learned so much.”

There are seven days in a week. ‘Someday’ is not one of them.”


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