High Schooler Sydney McLaughlin’s Olympics Come to An End as Favorites Advance to 400m Hurdle Final

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by LetsRun.com
August 16, 2016

High schooler Sydney McLaughlin’s Rio Olympics came to an end after she finished 5th in heat 1 of the semifinals here.

McLaughlin had the fifth best time this year of the entrants in Rio (54.15), but could not come close to that here running 56.22 today and 56.32 yesterday. After round 1, she said she wasn’t as mentally prepared for the first round to be that fast or hard, so some thought she might rebound today but that was not the case. McLaughlin will head back to New Jersey for her senior year of high school at Union Catholic.

Reigning world champ Zuzana Hejnova won McLaughlin’s heat in 54.55, a season’s best as she returns from injury.

In heat #2, former world 400m champion Ashley Spencer got the win after hitting hurdle #9 hard and falling into third place but rebounding after the last hurdle to get the win.

In heat #3, Dalilah Muhammad, the 2016 world leader of the US, showed why she is the favorite running 53.89 to get the win. She was the only athlete under 54 seconds in the semis (She ran a world leading 52.88 to win the Olympic Trials).

Heat 1

1591Zuzana HEJNOVÁCZE54.55Q SB0.145
2904Ristananna TRACEYJAM54.80Q0.237
31111Joanna LINKIEWICZPOL55.350.150
4604Stina TROESTDEN56.00SB0.167
51357Sydney MCLAUGHLINUSA56.220.196
6483Noelle MONTCALMCAN56.280.222
7862Ayomide FOLORUNSOITA56.370.183
81284Olena KOLESNYCHENKOUKR56.770.181

Heat 2:

11373Ashley SPENCERUSA54.87Q0.162
2910Janieve RUSSELLJAM54.92Q0.162
3701Eilidh DOYLEGBR54.990.188
41311Anna TITIMETSUKR55.270.196
5870Yadisleidis PEDROSOITA55.78SB0.199
61165Wenda NELRSA55.830.180
71091Emilia ANKIEWICZPOL56.990.133
8596Denisa ROSOLOVÁCZE57.390.164

Heat 3:

11361Dalilah MUHAMMADUSA53.89Q0.158
2603Sara Slott PETERSENDEN54.55Q0.148
3896Leah NUGENTJAM54.98PB0.224
4499Sage WATSONCAN55.440.199
51141Grace CLAXTONPUR55.85PB0.210
61247Janeil BELLILLETTO56.06SB0.197
7345Lauren WELLSAUS56.830.134
81312Viktoriya TKACHUKUKR56.870.192

Related event: 2016 Rio Olympics
Posted in: Women's Running