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Sydney McLaughlin’s world junior record 400m earns her USATF Athlete of the Week


Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) trimmed .3 seconds off the world junior indoor record in the women’s 400m to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.


McLaughlin, a University of Kentucky freshman who is a Team USATF Olympian in the 400m hurdles from the 2016 London Games, won the SEC Indoor Championships in 50.52 at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium, breaking the previous record of 50.82, set in 2004 by Sanya Richards. Her time is also the fastest in the world in 2018, and the second-fastest indoor time in U.S. history.


Other notable performances from the weekend:

Charles Allie — Allie broke the men’s 70-74 world masters indoor record in the 200 meters with a 26.45 at New York City’s Armory. He also anchored a world record 4x400m relay that clocked 4:26.14, almost 15 seconds better than the existing record.

Ida Keeling — By virtue of being the first 100+-year-old woman to finish an official indoor 60m, Keeling set a world masters mark of 58.34.

Sam Kendricks — Kendricks won the Clermont-Ferrand pole vault meet with a world-leading jump of 5.93m/19-5.5. It was the first competition in history with seven men clearing 5.88m/19-3.5 or higher.

Lynna Irby — Another SEC freshman, Irby won the 200m for Georgia at the conference championships with a world-leading 22.66, and also finished as runner-up behind McLaughlin in the 400m at 50.62.

Amy Cragg — Cragg was third in the Tokyo Marathon in a lifetime-best 2:21:42, making her the fifth-fastest American performer ever.


Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin.


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