“She Is a Really Inspiring Athlete“ Femke Bol Praises Sydney McLaughlin for Opening Up After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/27/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 400m Hurdles – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Dalilah Muhammad of the United States, Sydney McLaughlin of the United States and Femke Bol of the Netherlands pose with flags after competing REUTERS/Phil Noble


Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medalist Sydney McLaughlin recently opened up about the unfair treatment she received after breaking the world record. After the Olympic trials stellar run, she felt disrespected by her teammates.

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USA’s Sydney McLaughlin clinched the Olympic gold medal in the 400m race in Tokyo. While USA’s Dalilah Muhammad grabbed the silver, and Netherland’s Femke Bol took home the bronze.

Currently, athletes have been competing at the Diamond League after the mega-event. Femke Bol, who came third at Tokyo, talked about the Olympic gold medalist and her recent video.

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Femke Bol praises Sydney McLaughlin for being real

At the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Simone Biles inspired her fellow athletes as she opened up about her mental health. USA’s track and field star Sydney also opened up about the toxic environment around her.

Sydney uploaded a 10 minute video on her Instagram that she had recorded after breaking the world record in Olympic trials. Sydney had thought people would be more excited for her, but the ignorance shocked her.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 400m Hurdles – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 4, 2021. Gold medallist Sydney McLaughlin of the United States and bronze medallist Femke Bol of the Netherlands in action in the final REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Olympic bronze medalist Femke Bol talked about her video and praised Sydney for being an inspiration. Femke appreciated her for showing the real side at the press conference of the Diamond League meet.

Femke said, “I think she is a really inspiring athlete on the track and off the track as well. Not only by showing all the good parts and everything. When you break the world record and become an Olympic champion, people will mostly see that and not what’s behind it and all the hard work. And I think it’s really good she is also showing that.”

USA’s Olympic gold medalist doesn’t want fame

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In her video post the Olympic trials, Sydney talked about her disinterest in the fame. According to Sydney, fame is toxic, and it makes her physically sick.

The young Olympic gold medalist wishes to get her due amount of respect rather than the fame. Even though she has millions of followers, Sydney is not a fan of the social media fame.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 4 x 400m Relay – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Sydney McLaughlin of the United States reacts REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

Netherland’s Femke Bol standing up for Sydney McLaughlin portrays the comradery in sports. It is incredible to watch athletes having each other’s backs and appreciating one another.

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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