Watch: World No. 1 Sydney McLaughlin Dominates in Her First Race Since Tokyo Olympics

Published 04/30/2022, 2:43 PM EDT

American hurdler Sydney McLaughlin was one to watch at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020. She not only won the Gold medal but also set a new world record of 51.46 seconds. But the Olympics were not the beginning of her impressive performances. At the trials itself, Sydney broke the 52-second mark and made history.

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Hence, fans were looking forward to her performance at the Penn Relays 2022. As one of the top hurdlers and the current Olympic champion, she was one to watch at the event. However, she took part in the 100m hurdles elite at the Penn Relays and not the 400m.

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Sydney McLaughlin flies at the 100m hurdles in Penn Relays

The Penn Relays are one of the most-watched and most popular track and field events in the US. Held every year by the University of Pennsylvania, the event witnessed a lineup comprising many Olympic athletes, medalists and World Champions.

The Penn Relays 2022 kicked off on April 28th. The 400-m hurdle event was held on Saturday, with Sydney McLaughlin being one of the top contenders. As soon as the gun sounded, Sydney sprinted off with rocket speed. Crossing the hurdles at a lightning-fast pace, she finished the race in a record time of 12.75 seconds. 

She did not just win the race but also set a new World Record. Notably, 5 years ago, she smashed the 4*400 at the Penn Relays 2017 and was the highlight of the season. Fast forward to 2022, McLaughlin has done it again. This was her first race after the Tokyo Olympics 202o.

Even though the 100m hurdles is not her usual event, she showed extreme skill to bag the win. She was way ahead of her competitors and won the event with a fair margin. She was followed by Canada’s Mariam Abdul Rashid, who finished the race with a timing of 13.17 seconds. USA’s Evonne Britton came in 3rd place with a timing of 13.23 seconds.

McLaughlin shines in first race post-Tokyo 2020

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Notably, this is the first race for Sydney after Tokyo. She won two Olympic Gold Medals at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, proving her dominance in multiple events.

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However, prior to the Olympics, she sustained an injury before racing in a distance medley relay in Boston. She had ended the 2021 season right after the Olympics. But now she is back for good.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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