Sydney McLaughlin is going to have to wait at least one more year before she can go for gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Over at The Guardian, they caught up with the former Kentucky track star to see how she’s been preparing for the Olympics following its postponement to 2021. McLaughlin discussed how she first participated in the Olympics at just 16-years old (the youngest American in 40 years), how she’s preparing for the Tokyo Olympics (whenever that might be), along with how she’s achieved massive success at just 20 years old.
McLaughlin spent just one season at Kentucky in 2018 before she signed with New Balance and officially became a professional. It has been reported that there was a “massive bidding war” between shoe companies for the rights to McLaughlin as a client and that she has been labeled as the “the most marketable woman track star of all time“, which is quite the compliment.
Since she signed with New Balance, McLaughlin has already won a silver medal at 2019 World Championships, where she set a personal best in the 400m hurdles (she would have set a new world record had Dalilah Muhammad not finished .07 seconds ahead of her to win gold). During her short time at Kentucky, she broke many NCAA records, including the current record at the 400m hurdles.
“Winning races comes and goes, and records come and go with it,” McLaughlin told The Guardian. “Every year, the only goal I set for myself is to beat my own times. I try to be better each year than I was the last.”
Her one season in Lexington was short, but the New Jersey native has far bigger plans than wasting her talent in the college ranks. There are world records to be broken.