Sydney McLaughlin – The Queen of 400m Hurdles | Biography

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Athlete Sydney McLaughlin, having excellently run the distance, received Olympic gold and set a new world record! Let’s find out about her biography, and understand how she was able to achieve such phenomenal results. 

Sydney McLaughlin is an American hurdlersprinter, and Olympic gold medalist who competed for the University of Kentucky for one year before becoming a professional in 2018. 

She is the current world record holder in the women’s 400 meters hurdles with a time of 50.68 seconds, set on July 22-2022, at the World Athletics Championship in the final run. She was the first woman to break 52 seconds in the event when she set the world record of 51.90 at the 2020 USA Olympic trials.

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Who is Sydney McLaughlin?

Sydney Michelle McLaughlin was born on August 7, 1999. She is the daughter of Willie McLaughlin, a semi-finalist in the 400 m at the 1984 Olympic Trials. Her mother, Mary, was a high school runner. A resident of Dunellen, New Jersey, she is a member of the class of 2017 at Union Catholic Regional High School in Scotch Plains and has been successful academically.

McLaughlin took up running at an early age, following brother Taylor and their older sister Morgan. Her brother ran for silver in the 400 m hurdles at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. 

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High School Records

McLaughlin placed a close second behind Shamier Little in the 400-meter hurdles at the national junior (under-20) championships in 2014; her time of 55.63 was a national high school freshman record and a world age-14 best. 

She would have qualified to represent the United States at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships but was a year too young to be eligible.

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McLaughlin also set a world age group best (13.34) in the 100-meter hurdles over 76.2 cm (2 ft 6 in) hurdles that summer. McLaughlin improved her 400-meter hurdles best to 55.28 at the 2015 national youth trials; the time was age 15 world best and ranked second on the all-time world youth list behind Leslie Maxie’s world youth best (and national high school record) of 55.20 set in 1984. 


World Youth Championships

She qualified for the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia, where she won gold in 55.94; she finished the year as the world youth and junior leader in the event. Sydney won the 400-meter hurdles in 54.46 at the 2016 New Balance national outdoor high school championships; the time broke Maxie’s prep record and world youth best, as well as Lashinda Demus’s American junior record of 54.70. 

In addition, she ran on Union Catholic’s team in the Swedish medley relay, running a fast 50.93 split for 400m as the team set a new high school record of 2:07.99.

Gatorade Award

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Indoor Medley Relay
  • McLaughlin was part of an American Record quartet that broke the indoor distance medley relay world record with a time of 10:40.31, set at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on January 28, 2017.

The splits for the four legs were: 3:18.40 (1200 m) by Olympic medalist Emma Coburn, 52.32 (400m) by McLaughlin, 2:01.92 (800m) by Brenda Martinez, and 4:27.66 (1600m) by Olympic medalist and former world 1500m champion Jenny Simpson. 

Later that indoor season, McLaughlin lowered her own national 400-meter record to 51.61 at the New Balance Nationals in New York City on March 12, 2017.  

Sydney McLaughlin made history as a 16-year-old runner at the Rio Olympics

Sydney won her heat (55.46) and semi-final (55.23) in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials. In the final she placed third in 54.15, setting a new world youth best and world junior record and qualifying for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro before her senior year in high school.

McLaughlin is the youngest athlete to make the American Olympic track and field team since Carol Lewis and Denean Howard qualified for the boycotted Moscow Olympics in 1980.

  • At the Olympics she placed 5th in her semi-final heat, failing to advance to the finals.
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Sydney McLaughlin Breaks National record

In April 2017, Sydney McLaughlin opened her outdoor season by breaking the 300 m hurdles national high school record at the Arcadia Invitational, running 38.90. The record was previously held by Lashinda Demus who ran 39.98 in 2001. The record was the first ever attempt over 300m hurdles for McLaughlin as high school track meets in New Jersey do not contest the 300m hurdles. 

Her time of 38.90 is considered to be a North American record and number 2 all-time worldwide behind Zuzana Hejnova who ran 38.16 in 2013. Later that month, McLaughlin ran the fastest ever high school girls (400 m) relay split during the Championship of America high school girls 4×400 at the 123rd Penn Relays.


After taking the baton at the back of an eight-team field, McLaughlin posted a split of 50.37, passing five teams to lead her Union Catholic relay team to a third-place finish in 3:38.92. 

She bettered this mark at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Meet on June 18, 2017. Taking the baton in 6th place on the final handoff, she passed five runners to lead Union Catholic to victory, posting a split of 49.85 seconds.

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In November 2016, McLaughlin signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Kentucky and compete in their track and field program. In March 2018, McLaughlin set the world's junior 400-meter record (50.36) at the 2018 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.

On May 13, 2018, McLaughlin broke the collegiate and NCAA record in the 400 m hurdles, running 52.75 to win the event in her first SEC championship appearance.

Sydney McLaughlin Signs With New Balance

In June 2018, after one year at Kentucky, she forfeited her eligibility to compete in college to turn professional and signed a sponsorship deal with New Balance in October of the same year. 

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After a bidding war, she got an estimated $1.5 million in annual base pay from New Balance. Instead of hiring an agent specializing in athletes, McLaughlin contracted with William Morris Endeavor, a firm that typically represents Hollywood stars.

The First Woman to Break 52 Seconds Barrier
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At the U.S track and field trials, She broke the previous 400-meter hurdles world record running the event in 51.9 seconds , and became the first woman to breach the 52-second barrier

McLaughlin won gold and set a new world record in the 400-meter hurdles Olympic final on august  3rd 2021 is one of the most exciting track events in Tokyo thus far. she established a new world record by finishing in 51.46seconds over half a second quicker than her previous best from trials.


How Much is She Worth?

Being an athlete pays off handsomely. Sydney McLaughlin a 22-year-old Olympic athlete has accumulated a sizable wealth as a result of her abilities. According to celebrity net worth Sydney, McLaughlin predicts a whopping 2 million dollars.

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 She set the stage for a great career ahead as she claimed two medals in the 2019 championships in Doha. She won gold in the four-by 400-meter relay and silver in the 400-meter hurdles. 

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McLaughlin reigned supreme at the junior level, When she won gold at the world youth championships, and this year she added 37,500$ for a gold medal to her net worth, Setting Olympic records turns out to be a very successful business.

Is Sydney McLaughlin Married?

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YES… These two certainly went the distance — for each other. Sydney McLaughlin, who sprinted her way to two gold medals and a new world record at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said “I do” to her longtime love, former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr.

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The couple, who have been going strong since 2020, held their nuptials at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison, Va.

“We’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time, so just excited that it’s finally here and we can say we’re married,” McLaughlin told People. ( May -06 – 2022 )

Again, She Sets a Legendary World Record

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What we just witnessed is one of the greatest moments in sporting history. In the women’s 400-meter hurdles finals at the 2022 world championships, Sydney McLaughlin just did something absolutely ridiculous.

For this final McLaughlin took the lead immediately, even passing Dalilah Muhammad who was known to go out very quickly, by the end of the race her lead was staggering and she won this 400 hurdles final with a new world record of 50.68 seconds which is the most insane thing that I have seen in 2022. 

  • She’s also the fastest woman ever by almost an entire second. Now finishing in second was Femke Bol and a very impressive time of 52.27 and finishing in third was Dalilah Muhammad again with a very impressive time of 53.13 but this 50.68 is next level world record running.
  • In fact, it is so fast that I don’t even know how to wrap my mind around this. 
  • This kind of world record is rare very rare. It’s basically the same kind of record that we saw last season with Karsten Warholm. when he somehow ran under the 46-second barrier, except in this race McLaughlin had no competition, and even though she is still very young. She might be the greatest 400 hurdles runner of all time.
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  • The world record that Sydney MC ran last year was already historic and many people considered it the greatest race of all time, even though the second and third place finishers in this final were not even in the same zip code as McLaughlin. This single performance of 50.68 is one of the greatest performances and highest scoring races ever.
  • I’ll be honest I thought breaking 51 seconds was going to be very challenging and perhaps she could get in the 50.9 range but a 50.68 is almost unbelievable and it takes this event into a completely new dimension.
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This kind of performance is going to take days to sink in, but for Sydney McLaughlin, she just ran what might be the most dominant victory in hurdles history.

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