Sydney McLaughlin crushed her collegiate competition when she ran for the University of Kentucky, and now the track star is also dominating on the international stage. After one year at UK, McLaughlin turned professional and signed with New Balance last October. Fast forward to today, and the former Wildcat just won her heat at the 2019 IAAF World Championships with the fastest time of the day.
Her official time was quick enough to qualify her for the event’s semi-finals; McLaughlin finished the 400m hurdles heat with a time of 54.45. She was racing against some of the world’s top talent, who are all gathering in Doha, Qatar to compete for international titles. The biennial event is the most prestigious meet the sport has outside of the Olympic Games.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) October 1, 2019
Did she even break a sweat?!
At just 20 years old, the former Cat didn’t even have to race at her highest level in order to qualify for the semi finals; McLaughlin broke the collegiate and NCAA record in the same event in May 2018 when she ran a 52.75.