Sydney McLaughlin, a former Kentucky track star, wins 400m hurdles gold medal in Tokyo
Former Kentucky track star Sydney McLaughlin qualified for the 400-meter hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics.
That final took place on Tuesday night here in the United States (Wednesday in Japan), and McLaughlin did not disappoint.
Finishing the event in a world-record time of 51.46 seconds, McLaughlin won the gold medal, narrowly beating fellow Team USA runner Dalilah Muhammad:
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 4, 2021
McLaughlin had plenty of fans on Twitter afterward, including Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers:
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) August 4, 2021
Kentucky media members were also excited for the former Wildcat:
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 4, 2021
One of the greatest athletes in UK History pic.twitter.com/wTfMOH9EFt
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 4, 2021
Gold for McLaughlin! And another world record. Wow.
— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) August 4, 2021
World record for Sydney McLaughlin and a 1-2 US finish. As good as advertised.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) August 4, 2021
McLaughlin is the youngest gold medalist in the event’s history, too, so it seems she has a very bright future on the track.