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.

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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

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 591 Zuzana HEJNOVÁCZE 54.55 Q SB 0.145
2 904 Ristananna TRACEYJAM 54.80 Q 0.237
3 1111 Joanna LINKIEWICZPOL 55.35 0.150
4 604 Stina TROESTDEN 56.00 SB 0.167
5 1357 Sydney MCLAUGHLINUSA 56.22 0.196
6 483 Noelle MONTCALMCAN 56.28 0.222
7 862 Ayomide FOLORUNSOITA 56.37 0.183
8 1284 Olena KOLESNYCHENKOUKR 56.77 0.181

Heat 2:

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 1373 Ashley SPENCERUSA 54.87 Q 0.162
2 910 Janieve RUSSELLJAM 54.92 Q 0.162
3 701 Eilidh DOYLEGBR 54.99 0.188
4 1311 Anna TITIMETSUKR 55.27 0.196
5 870 Yadisleidis PEDROSOITA 55.78 SB 0.199
6 1165 Wenda NELRSA 55.83 0.180
7 1091 Emilia ANKIEWICZPOL 56.99 0.133
8 596 Denisa ROSOLOVÁCZE 57.39 0.164

Heat 3:

POS BIB ATHLETE MARK DETAIL REACTION TIME
1 1361 Dalilah MUHAMMADUSA 53.89 Q 0.158
2 603 Sara Slott PETERSENDEN 54.55 Q 0.148
3 896 Leah NUGENTJAM 54.98 PB 0.224
4 499 Sage WATSONCAN 55.44 0.199
5 1141 Grace CLAXTONPUR 55.85 PB 0.210
6 1247 Janeil BELLILLETTO 56.06 SB 0.197
7 345 Lauren WELLSAUS 56.83 0.134
8 1312 Viktoriya TKACHUKUKR 56.87 0.192


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Related event: 2016 Rio Olympics
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