Track Phenom Sydney McLaughlin Has Turned Pro

She got NCAA title #1 and made the smart decision to go pro.

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June 9, 2018

After winning her first NCAA title in the 400m hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, University of Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin announced she is turning professional.

McLaughlin, who ran for the United States in the 400m hurdles at the Rio Olympics as a high schooler, had a tremendous freshman year improving in every event she ran.

Sydney McLaughlin on her way to first NCAA title

Sydney McLaughlin on her way to first NCAA title

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Indoor she ran 50.36 for 400m which would have been the American record if minutes before Kendall Ellis didn’t run a new American record of 50.34. McLaughlin’s time was a new world junior record.

Outdoors, McLaughlin, who originally was not going to run the hurdles this year, ran 50.07 for 400m and then ran the #9 time ever at 400m hurdles 52.75 (world record is 52.34). She also ran a wind aided 11.07 and a legal 22.39 for kicks.

Despite those accomplishments she had never won an NCAA title until Saturday when she captured the 400m hurdles in 53.96.

Interview with McLaughlin below where she announces she’s going pro.

McLaughlin’s PRs

200 400 400h
Prior to this year 22.96w 51.61i 53.82
This year 22.39 50.07 52.75

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