Sydney McLaughlin beats her own world record en route to winning gold medal at Tokyo 2020


Former Kentucky Wildcat Track and Field star poses with the American Flag at the 2019 World Athletics Championsips. 

Hunter Shelton

Former Wildcat Sydney McLaughlin has fulfilled her Olympic dream, winning gold and breaking her own world record in the women’s 400-meter-hurdles final.  

An astonishing time of 51.46 seconds from McLaughlin just bested her teammate Dalilah Muhammad, who won gold in the event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 

In fact, Muhammad’s time of 51.58 would have also beaten McLaughlin’s world record of 51.90 that she set at the United States Olympic Team Trials final at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. 

The previous three times that McLaughlin and Mohammad have faced off against each other, a new world record has been set.  

McLaughlin now joins fellow UK alum Jasmine Camacho-Quinn as a gold-medalist hurdler, Camacho-Quinn claimed gold in the 100-meter-hurdles final. 

In McLaughlin’s Olympic debut in 2016, she reached the semifinals. This time around in Tokyo, the former Wildcat decimated the competition.