Sydney MCLAUGHLIN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    United States United States
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    07 AUG 1999
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14624749
Sydney McLaughlin at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 (Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's 100mH 58 1209
Women's 400mH 1 1460
Women's Overall Ranking 8 1460

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's 100mH 40 for 3 weeks
Women's 400mH 1 for 31 weeks
Women's Overall Ranking 8 for 4 weeks
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
100 Metres 11.07 * +3.5 Knoxville, TN (USA) 13 APR 2018 1164
200 Metres 22.39 +1.5 Gainesville, FL (USA) 29 MAR 2018 1197
400 Metres 50.07 Gainesville, FL (USA) 30 MAR 2018 1203
100 Metres Hurdles 12.65 +2.0 Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA (USA) 09 MAY 2021 1198
300 Metres Hurdles 38.90 Arcadia, CA (USA) 08 APR 2017 ABP, AU20B, NBP, NU20B 0
400 Metres Hurdles 51.90 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 27 JUN 2021 WR(p), AR(p), NR 1272
Long Jump 5.61 Toms River, NJ (USA) 24 MAY 2014 914
4x100 Metres Relay 42.84 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 28 APR 2018 1185
4x200 Metres Relay 1:30.76 Knoxville, TN (USA) 14 APR 2018 1168
4x400 Metres Relay 3:18.92 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 06 OCT 2019 1234

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
200 Metres 22.68 College Station, TX (USA) 09 MAR 2018 1208
300 Metres 36.12 Bloomington, IN (USA) 08 DEC 2017 WU20B, AU20B 1212
400 Metres 50.36 College Station, TX (USA) 10 MAR 2018 1224
500 Metres 1:09.46 Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA (USA) 26 JAN 2019 1125
55 Metres Hurdles 7.66 New York, NY (USA) 03 MAR 2015 1101
60 Metres Hurdles 8.17 Armory Track, New York, NY (USA) 15 MAR 2015 1122
Long Jump 6.29 New York, NY (USA) 28 FEB 2017 1062
4x200 Metres Relay 1:40.61 New York, NY (USA) 15 MAR 2014 1024
4x400 Metres Relay 3:30.08 College Station, TX (USA) 10 MAR 2018 1162
Distance Medley Relay 10:40.31 Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2017 0

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
400 Metres 51.16 Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA (USA) 16 APR 2021 1159
100 Metres Hurdles 12.65 +2.0 Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA (USA) 09 MAY 2021 1198
400 Metres Hurdles 51.90 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 27 JUN 2021 WR(p), AR(p), NR 1272

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
60 Metres Hurdles 8.56 Ocean Breeze Athl. Complex, New York, NY (USA) 13 FEB 2021 1037

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2018 22.39 +1.5 Gainesville, FL (USA) 29 MAR 2018
2017 22.96 0.0 Egg Harbor City, NJ (USA) 03 JUN 2017
2016 23.53 +0.3 Plainfield, IL (USA) 20 MAY 2016
2015 24.08 0.0 South Plainfield, NJ (USA) 30 MAY 2015

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2021 51.16 Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA (USA) 16 APR 2021
2019 50.78 Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai (CHN) 18 MAY 2019
2018 50.07 Gainesville, FL (USA) 30 MAR 2018
2017 51.88 Egg Harbor City, NJ (USA) 02 JUN 2017
2016 51.87 Berkeley Heights, NJ (USA) 08 JUN 2016
2015 52.59 South Plainfield, NJ (USA) 30 MAY 2015
2014 53.78 Egg Harbor City, NJ (USA) 31 MAY 2014

Outdoor

100 Metres Hurdles

Performance Wind Place Date
2021 12.65 +2.0 Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA (USA) 09 MAY 2021
2014 13.34 +0.5 Greensboro, NC (USA) 15 JUN 2014

Outdoor

300 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2017 38.90 Arcadia, CA (USA) 08 APR 2017

Outdoor

400 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2021 51.90 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 27 JUN 2021
2019 52.23 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 04 OCT 2019
2018 52.75 Knoxville, TN (USA) 13 MAY 2018
2017 53.82 Sacramento, CA (USA) 25 JUN 2017
2016 54.15 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 10 JUL 2016
2015 55.28 Lisle, IL (USA) 01 JUL 2015
2014 55.63 Eugene, OR (USA) 06 JUL 2014

Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 5.61 Toms River, NJ (USA) 24 MAY 2014

Outdoor

4x100 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2018 42.84 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 28 APR 2018

Outdoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2018 1:30.76 Knoxville, TN (USA) 14 APR 2018
2014 1:41.42 Greensboro, NC (USA) 14 JUN 2014

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2019 3:18.92 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 06 OCT 2019
2018 3:25.99 Knoxville, TN (USA) 13 MAY 2018
2016 3:42.59 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 29 APR 2016
2015 3:44.20 South Plainfield, NJ (USA) 03 JUN 2015
2014 3:48.30 South Plainfield, NJ (USA) 04 JUN 2014

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 22.68 College Station, TX (USA) 09 MAR 2018
2015/16 24.00 New York, NY (USA) 01 MAR 2016

Indoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 36.12 Bloomington, IN (USA) 08 DEC 2017
2016/17 36.82 New York, NY (USA) 17 FEB 2017
2014/15 37.49 New York, NY (USA) 31 JAN 2015
2013/14 38.55 New York, NY (USA) 21 DEC 2013

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017/18 50.36 College Station, TX (USA) 10 MAR 2018
2016/17 51.61 New York, NY (USA) 12 MAR 2017
2015/16 51.84 New York, NY (USA) 13 MAR 2016
2014/15 53.72 Toms River, NJ (USA) 21 FEB 2015
2013/14 56.15 Toms River, NJ (USA) 01 MAR 2014

Indoor

500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2018/19 1:09.46 Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA (USA) 26 JAN 2019

Indoor

55 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2014/15 7.66 New York, NY (USA) 03 MAR 2015
2013/14 8.16 New York, NY (USA) 24 JAN 2014

Indoor

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2020/21 8.56 Ocean Breeze Athl. Complex, New York, NY (USA) 13 FEB 2021
2014/15 8.17 Armory Track, New York, NY (USA) 15 MAR 2015
2013/14 8.62 New York, NY (USA) 15 MAR 2014

Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Place Date
2016/17 6.29 New York, NY (USA) 28 FEB 2017

Indoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2013/14 1:40.61 New York, NY (USA) 15 MAR 2014

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2017/18 3:30.08 College Station, TX (USA) 10 MAR 2018
2015/16 3:40.28 New York, NY (USA) 13 MAR 2016

Indoor

Distance Medley Relay

Performance Place Date
2016/17 10:40.31 Reggie Lewis Center, Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2017

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:18.92 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 06 OCT 2019
2. 400 Metres Hurdles 52.23 Khalifa International Stadium, Doha (QAT) 04 OCT 2019

Honours - World U18 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 55.94 Pascual Guerrero, Cali (COL) 18 JUL 2015

Honours - Diamond League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 52.85 Letzigrund, Zürich (SUI) 29 AUG 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 53.32 Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON) 12 JUL 2019
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 54.16 Bislett Stadion, Oslo (NOR) 13 JUN 2019

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 51.90 Hayward Field, Eugene, OR (USA) 27 JUN 2021

Honours - NCAA Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres Hurdles 53.96 Eugene, OR (USA) 09 JUN 2018
Results in:

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
16 APR 2021 Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA - Invitational Events USAUSA F H1 1. 51.16
17 APR 2021 Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA - Invitational Events USAUSA F F DNS

60 Metres Hurdles Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
13 FEB 2021 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Ocean Breeze Athl. Complex, New York, NY - Indoor Meeting USAUSA A F 8. 8.56

100 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Wind
03 APR 2021 Antelope Invitational, GCU Track & Field, Phoenix, AZ USAUSA F F2 1. 13.03 -0.5
16 APR 2021 Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA - Invitational Events USAUSA F H2 1. 12.92 +0.2
17 APR 2021 Bryan Clay Invitational, Cougar Athletic Stadium, Azusa, CA - Invitational Events USAUSA F F DNS NWI
24 APR 2021 USATF Grand Prix, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USAUSA A F 4. 12.86 -0.3
09 MAY 2021 USATF Golden Games, Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA USAUSA A H2 5. 12.90 +0.9
09 MAY 2021 USATF Golden Games, Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Walnut, CA USAUSA A F 5. 12.65 +2.0

400 Metres Hurdles

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
06 JUN 2021 Music City Track Carnival, Nashville, TN USAUSA C F 1. 52.83
25 JUN 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USAUSA B H1 1. 54.07
26 JUN 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USAUSA B SF1 1. 53.03
27 JUN 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, OR USAUSA B F 1. 51.90

Last updated: 29 June 2021

Born: 7 August 1999. Coach: Bobby Kersee.
 

Sydney McLaughlin is no stranger to breaking records.

Since her early years in the sport, she has been making her mark on the sprints and hurdles. But then, track and field has always been in McLaughlin’s genes.

McLaughlin was born in New Jersey in August 1999 as the third of four children. Her father, Willie, reached the 400m semifinals at the 1984 US Olympic Trials, while her mother, Mary, was a runner in high school.

All of McLaughlin’s siblings – older sister Morgan, older brother Taylor and younger brother Ryan – showed promise in athletics, but Sydney has been the most successful of the quartet.

She first came to prominence in 2014 at the age of 14 when she started setting world age bests. That year, she reduced the world age-14 bests to 13.34 in the 100m hurdles and 55.63 in the 400m hurdles, both over the senior height barriers. The latter performance came at the US U20 Championships, where she finished second – a qualifying position for the World U20 Championships in Eugene that year. But at age 14, McLaughlin was too young to compete there.

In 2015, McLaughlin was old enough to make her global championships debut. Despite being the second youngest in the field, she won the 400m hurdles at the World U18 Championships in Cali, finishing almost a second ahead of her nearest opponent.

As Olympic year rolled around in 2016, McLaughlin’s progress continued and she set a world U18 best of 54.46 to win at the New Balance Nationals. She went on to compete at the US Trials and, at the age of 16, placed third in a world U20 record of 54.15 to earn a place on the US Olympic team. She went on to finish fifth in her semifinal at the Rio Games, just nine days after her 17th birthday.

McLaughlin broke the world U20 record again in 2017 with 53.82. She also ran a staggering 49.85 split in the 4x400m at the New Balance Nationals, capping a phenomenal high school career.

In 2018 she started her studies at the University of Kentucky. While her collegiate season was long, it gave her the opportunity to test herself across a range of disciplines. During the indoor season that year, McLaughlin, still aged just 18, ran 36.12 for 300m and 50.36 for 400m – the fastest times ever recorded indoors by an U20 athlete. She also clocked 22.68 for 200m, moving to fourth on the world U20 indoor all-time list. Outdoors, she reduced her PBs to 50.07 in the 400m flat and 52.75 over the barriers, and was victorious in her specialist event at the NCAA Championships.

She turned professional later that year, then became a regular on the international circuit in 2019, winning at the Diamond League meetings in Oslo and Monaco. Her first 400m hurdles loss of the year came at the US Championships where Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad produced a world record of 52.20 to finish 0.68 ahead of McLaughlin.

Their positions were reversed at the Diamond League final a few weeks later, though, where McLaughlin won in 52.85, beating Muhammad by 1.01.

Muhammad was back to her best at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, but was pushed all the way by McLaughlin. Muhammad won in 52.16, once again improving the world record, while McLaughlin finished second in 52.23 to become, at age 20, the second-fastest woman in history.

The friendly rivalry between the two has continued in 2021, most recently with McLaughlin’s record-breaking victory at the US Trials. But with Muhammad on the comeback trail, expect both women to go even quicker at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.



STATS

 

McLaughlin’s PBs
100m: 11.07w (3.5m/s)
200m: 22.39, 22.68i
300m: 36.12i
400m: 50.07, 50.36i
500m: 1:09.46i
60m hurdles: 8.17
100m hurdles: 12.65
300m hurdles: 38.90
400m hurdles: 51.90
4x400m: 3:18.92 (48.8 split)
Long jump: 6.29m

McLaughlin’s progression
(All at 400m and 400m hurdles, unless otherwise stated)
Age 14 (2014): 13.34 (100m hurdles), 53.78, 55.63
Age 15 (2015): 8.17 (60m hurdles), 52.59, 55.28
Age 16 (2016): 51.84i, 54.15
Age 17 (2017): 51.61i, 53.82
Age 18 (2018): 50.07 (50.36i), 52.75
Age 19/20 (2019): 50.78, 52.23
Age 21 (2021): 12.65 (100m hurdles), 51.16, 51.90

McLaughlin's 400m hurdles records
World U18 best: 54.15, Eugene 2016
World U20 record: 53.60, Fayetteville 2018 (her 52.75 could not be ratified)
World record: 51.90, Eugene 2021 (pending ratification)

400m hurdles world record progression
56.51 Krystyna Kacperczyk (POL) Augsberg 1974
55.74 Tatyana Storozheva (URS) Chemnitz 1977
55.63 Karin Rossley (GDR) Helsinki 1977
55.44 Krystyna Kacperczyk (POL) Berlin 1978
55.31 Tatyana Zelentsova (URS) Podolsk 1978
54.89 Tatyana Zelentsova (URS) Prague 1978
54.78 Marina Makeyeva (URS) Moscow 1979
54.28 Karin Rossley (GDR) Jena 1980
54.02 Anna Ambraziene (URS) Moscow 1983
53.58 Margarita Ponomaryova (URS) Kiev 1984
53.55 Sabine Busch (GDR) Berlin 1985
53.32 Marina Stepanova (URS) Stuttgart 1986
52.94 Marina Stepanova Tashkent 1986
52.74 Sally Gunnell (GBR) Stuttgart 1993
52.61 Kim Batten (USA) Gothenburg 1995
52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina (RUS) Tula 2003
52.20 Dalilah Muhammad (USA) Des Moines 2019
52.16 Dalilah Muhammad (USA) Doha 2019
51.90* Sydney McLaughlin (USA) Eugene 2021

Most sub-53-second performances
6 Sydney McLaughlin
5 Dalilah Muhammad
5 LaShinda Demus
4 Kim Batten
3 Melaine Walker
3 Nezha Bidouane
3 Deon Hemmings