Olympic Track And Field Trials | 16-Year-Old Sydney McLaughlin Qualifies To Go To Rio

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Rainier Gonçalves
Sydney McLaughlin is the white female athlete who arrives in third place.

Personal bests
Surface Distance Time Date Location Note(s)
Outdoor 200 m 22.96 June 3, 2017 Egg Harbor, New Jersey
400 m 51.87 June 8, 2016 Berkeley, New Jersey
100 m hurdles 13.34 June 14, 2014 Greensboro, North Carolina
300 m hurdles 38.90 April 9, 2017 Arcadia, California HSR
400 m hurdles 53.82 June 25, 2017 Sacramento, California[22] HSR, NJR, WJR
Indoor 400 m 51.61 March 12, 2017 New York, New York WYB
60 m hurdles 8.17 March 15, 2015 New York, New York

Sydney McLaughlin (born August 7, 1999) is an American hurdler and sprinter who competes for Union Catholic High School. McLaughlin holds a number of age group world bests and won the Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year trophy for both 2015–16 and 2016-17. She placed third in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
McLaughlin belongs to an athletic family; her father Willie was a semi-finalist in the 400 meters at the 1984 Olympic Trials, her mother Mary was a runner in high school, and her older brother Taylor won silver in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships.[2] 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.[2][3][4] McLaughlin took up running at an early age, following Taylor and their older sister Morgan.[2]

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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.[6]

McLaughlin improved her 400-meter hurdles best to 55.28 at the 2015 national youth trials; the time was an 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.[7] 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.[8]

McLaughlin 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.[9] In addition, she ran on Union Catholic's team in the Swedish medley relay, running a fast 50.93 split for 400 meters as the team set a new high school record of 2:07.99.[9] McLaughlin won the USATF junior championship in 54.54 the following week; in recognition of her accomplishments, she was named Gatorade National Girls Athlete of the Year.[3][10]

McLaughlin won her heat (55.46) and semi-final (55.23) in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials.[8][11] 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.[12] 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.[13] At the olympics she placed 5th in her semi-final heat, failing to advance to the finals.[14]

McLaughlin was part of an American 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 (1,200m) by Olympic medalist Emma Coburn,52.32 (400m) by McLaughlin, 2:01.92 (800 m) by Brenda Martinez, and 4:27.66 (1600 m) by Olympic medalist and former world 1,500m champion Jenny Simpson.[15] Later that indoor season, McLaughlin lowered her own national 400 meter record to a 51.61 at the New Balance Nationals in New York City on March 12, 2017. [16]

In April 2017, McLaughlin continued the positive momentum from the 2017 indoor campaign by opening her outdoor season in style—breaking the 300m 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. [17] Later that month, McLaughlin ran the fastest ever high school girls (400m) relay split during the Championship of America high school girls 4x400 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. [18] 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. [19]

In November 2016, McLaughlin signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Kentucky and compete for their track and field program. [20][21]
mohan singh
haha
Jay Li
I got a shock at first like wow 16 running a 52 that's insane
Kingrobert09
1:00 she dove to the line before it was cool!! ;)
Randall Hill
what was on the mind of the woman in lane 3? diving was not gonna help her at that point, she could CLEARLY see 1st, 2nd, & 3rd cross the finish line ahead of her.
ChxcolateBunnT
16 my behind. She look like she bout 23-26 years old 😕
Axel Cr7
She does not look 16
Clash On99
Would be nice if we knew which one she was.
Everything Left Turns
Guess who got to meet her @ NJ Groups? <<<
Ayee zelp
16??? wtf!!!..Looks like a grown ass woman
Freckled_foxy
She looks bout 30 you sure she's 16?
prondox
16 looks like 30
TigeryShadow5342
I am in track an I do long jump and 8000 meters
CM/CM
Bro I'm in track and its tiring
Ashley Lematua
The only reason I watch thus is cause I have track practice today which is Sunday and Friday
Ralphy Mercedes
she has a weave on lol
Maeve
The 16 year old is the one in all white. Not the winner.
Master
Sydney looks decent.👌
ouais ouais
She's sexy af scuse me
Jimmie Rustler
They might wanna carbon date ole girl, she was born in the 80s no doubt.
llsa30
lol the girl in white not the other!
Alex De Jesus
Guys they never showed Sydney's face so I don't know what the fuck everyone is talking about lmfao
Tbj585
Damn everyone that lacks listening skills.....the 16 yr old is in all white. I repeat....the 16 yr old is in all white and came in third fuckin place
GILLIAN GOFF
She's my inspiration
Username16
Aww I feel bad for the person who fell over the finish line
Tony Bolin
being in first is the best feeling ever!!
Dearly DJ
Her weave is a hot mess
//On the Edge of Infinity\\
Move over LOLO. Theirs a new lightskinned chick in the house.
Mya Gerlach
This makes me happy
Grace Pancake
at the end the girl in the third row leaped to the finish 😄😃
Stephanie Ajibola
am i the only one that saw that one girl fall!!
Only Entertainment
I know her in real life. Can't believe she's here
Aliyah♡
Lmao, the hate on this girl is real. People are mad because she's beautiful and gifted with a good head on her shoulders. Count your own blessings and stop knocking hers.
Couargeus
what a race for Dalilah Muhamad, she really strong contender for gold in Rio!
Eclectic
Lol the girl who fell at the finish
Antonia
Sydney Mclaughlin is in the white! She is the 3rd one
And Mk
They barely mentioned the winner tho. All i heard was 16 year old McLaughlin
Kwadre Williams
she dont look 16 she looks older than felix who is about 30
ImToo Tired
If she 16 I'm 16
daonly1xx
She got ig?
Phuong Doan
Why do some girls start in the back
Black Enigma
Just to clarify things, the 16 year old is the one who got third place, not 1st!
Henry Tun
Let's go , Sydney , Let's go !!!! Go for Gold in Rio 2016.. keeps your tactics and do your best .. You will be the winner , don't worry and don't think some people what they said .. They just jealous and you will be shine in Rio..Let's go Sydney, Let's go !!!
Ricardo Moura Sep
I want to marry an American ! I live in Rio and wanted to leave this country of shit! I just can not speak English yet, but to learning! hahaha
RS2002
The next time some hillbilly pulls out the White supremacist card they only need to be told how well blacks do on track and field to understand just how much superior they are.
fatsamcastle
hope everyone isn't saying Sydney looks old from this video because the camera is focused on a different person at the end of the race, the race winner.
someone
Wtf commentator has confused everyone. The winner is not 16 people !!
Corey
She's had her chicken
MaxMyRival
That woman is not 16. No, I refuse to accept that.
Haseen Karimzada
why the fuck is rhe commentator talking about sydney when muhammad ran like she was running from cops why ain she getting the attention even though she came first lol
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