Former Kentucky track and field superstar Sydney McLaughlin continues to put on a show in the professional ranks.
This afternoon, McLaughlin took home the women’s 400M hurdles victory in the semifinals of the 2019 IAAF World Championships with a final time of 53.81 seconds.
— Team USA (@TeamUSA) October 2, 2019
McLaughlin, who won the 2019 Diamond League trophy back in August, defeated European Champion, Lea Sprunger, despite a season-best time of 54.52 seconds.
“It felt good, I thought today I did a good job preserving my nerves and my energy,” she said in an interview with FloTrack after the victory. “I was just focusing on myself instead of everybody else. Hopefully I can do that again on Friday.”
The women’s 400M hurdle finals will take place on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET. (9:30 p.m. local time) in Doha, Qatar.
At Kentucky, McLaughlin was a Bowerman Award Semifinalist, NCAA Champion (2018 400H), three-time SEC champion (2018 400M indoor, 400H and 4x400M relay), and five-time All-American.
Prior to her career at Kentucky, she competed in the 2016 Olympics, with the Dunellen, N.J. native also expected to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo next summer.
Keep making us proud, Syd.