Sydney McLaughlin Breaks 32-Year-Old National Record and Could Be Looking Forward to Rio

Feature photo courtesy of Aaron Laserna and NJ MileSplit.

Clocking in at the time of 54.46, 16-year-old junior of Union High School, Sydney McLaughlin won the 400m hurdles and broke a 32-year-old national record by three-quarters of a second in the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. To go along with the national record, McLaughlin also broke a 14-year-old American junior record. She recorded the second fastest time ever ran in the world by a girl under 20 years of age. She would have run the fastest NCAA regular-season time and the second fastest NCCA finals time if she was in college. As of right now, she is the 5th fastest in the world in the 400m hurdles event and the fourth fastest in the United States.

On the first day of the New Balance Nationals competition, McLaughlin broke another record. McLaughlin ran the fastest 400-meter time ever recorded by a high school runner by running a 50.93 split—anchoring her school’s Swedish medley relay victory. Her team’s winning time of 2:07.99 broke the record of 2:08.88 set at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in 2015.

The next three weeks will be the biggest moments of her life as she competes in the U.S. Junior National Championships before heading to Eugene, Oregon to challenge the top athletes in the country during the U.S. Olympic Trials for her spot on the national team.

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