Hulk likes to smash stuff, and Sydney McLaughlin loves to break things, like her own world records. Within 13 months, Sydney has bested her 400m hurdle result three times, which were consecutive world records.
Sydney first ran 51.90 at the 2020 US Olympic Trials. Her time also broke the world record of 52.16 held by Dalilah Muhammad in the 2019 World Championship final. And it was at this time she became the first woman to break 52 seconds in the 400m hurdle event.
On August, 4, 2021, at the Tokyo Olympics, she won gold breaking her Olympic Trial time of 51.46.
At the 2022 U.S. National Championships, she just surpassed her gold medal time at 51.41.
This year at the 2022 World Athletic Championships, she scorched the track setting her best time ever at 50.68. And now Sydney became the first woman to break 51 seconds.
In two years, she shaved about 1.2 seconds off the top. If you are unfamiliar with track and field events, 1 second is considered a lot.
How Did Sydney Do It?
Any time someone breaks or sets world records, they automatically want to know
their training routine. Or what are they eating? Well, truth be known, she changed her coach. Sydney decided to join Bob Kersee’s group. He is a world-renowned coach and is considered the best in the business today. He also coached his wife, Jackie Joyner Kersee.
Many times, it is not about developing strength and speed in the gym. Being fast on the track and jumping over hurdles is more about timing- off the start and when to jump. Something only a seasoned coach can teach you. In an email, she told Women’s Running that one thing she learned from her training partner Allyson Felix was to trust the process and Bobby’s timing about hurdles.
Sydney says she still sees her ex-coach, Joanna Hayes, on the track, and there are no bad feelings. It happens among athletes. Sometimes they learn so much from a coach that they need to move on to learn more, and Bobby has that knowledge. Also, they had a chemistry that clicked between coach and athlete, which is essential for the mental advantage.
McLaughlin is only 23 years old. Her birthday was August 7th. She started running hurdles for the University of Kentucky. After graduating, she turned pro.
She is in the beginning of her prime athletic years. Who knows how fast she can go and how many more records she will break, shatter, or smash?
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