The ongoing 2020 Olympics has become an excellent platform for athletes to show their talent to the whole world. Many athletes have risen from national champions to world-renowned Olympic gold medalists and have written history with their wins. One of these Olympians who wrote history is the hurdler and sprinter Sydney McLaughlin.
McLaughlin is an American track and field athlete specializing in 400m hurdles. She made her spot in the US Olympic team after winning the trial games with a record-setting time of 51.46. McLaughlin kept the same energy as in the trials and now is the gold medalist of 400m hurdles.
During the final game in the Olympics, she even broke her record and set a new one, which is the current world record for the Women’s 400m hurdle. Her win did not stop here as she again won gold for the USA during the 4x400m relay, along with 2016 Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad.
Biography & Wiki Summary
|Popular Name||Sydney McLaughlin|
|Real Name||Sydney Michelle McLaughlin|
|Date of birth||August 7, 1999|
|Age||24 years old|
|Place of birth||New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA|
|Brothers||Taylor McLaughlin and|
|Status||In a relationship|
|Partner||Andre Levrone Jr.|
|Occupation||Professional track and field athlete|
|Net worth||2 Million USD|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
Sydney McLaughlin Net Worth and Earnings
The 24 year-old Olympic gold medalist has a great career where she has won several championships and set many records. Even Nike approached her with sponsorship.
Besides this, she is also the Brand ambassador of Tag Heuer, a swish luxury watchmaker. All these add up and make a good fortune for her. McLaughlin has around 2 Million USD as her net worth.
Height, Weight, and Physical Measurements
McLaughlin won the Olympic game after working hard for years and years. The gold was possible only because of her intense training and practice.
And all this hardwood is also seen through her body. McLaughlin has a very toned and muscular body. Despite having a great height of 5 ft and 9 in, she still weighs only 69 kgs and is swift as a feather on the track.
Sydney McLaughlin’s Parents, Personal Life, and Family
McLaughlin was born in New Brunswick in New Jersey as the third child of Willie and Mary. Besides her, Willie and Mary also had three more children, Taylor, Morgan, and Ryan. The family initially lived in New Brunswick but later moved to Dunellen.
McLaughlin was born and raised in an athletic family where almost everyone was into running and other sports.
Her father, Willie, is a three-time All-American 400m runner who even reached the semi-final of the 1984 Olympics trials. He is even in the Athletic Hall of Fame in Manhattan college.
Like her father, her mother, Mary was also a runner in her high school, who ran for the boys’ team. She later became the manager of the boys’ track team as there were no teams.
Even her siblings are runners themselves. Her elder brother Tylor is a 400m hurdler who runs for the University of Michigan and won second place during the IAAF World U20 Championship.
Likewise, her elder sister, Morgan, also ran for St.Peter’s University, and her younger brother, Ryan, is also on his high school track team. Ryan is also the fifth member of her family to hold the New Jersey County track title.
Growing up, McLaughlin had a very encouraging and supportive family. Despite her father belonging to a black community and mother to a white, they raised their children in the best environment.
McLaughlin started running from the early age of six. Initially, she ran because it was so fun. But after winning and getting prizes from her parents, McLaughlin decided that this was the perfect career. She then started participating in more games, and the rest is history.
She has won several medals and even set records on more than one occasion. Her career was going great, and the 2020 Olympics just made it better.
Though 2023 became a great year for her career, it was not for her personal life.
Her father suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and had to get a routine checkup. But this year, one of his medications showed adverse effects, and his heart started having problems. He was immediately kept on the list of heart transplants and luckily got a new one in February.
This incident pushed McLaughlin to work even harder, as she wanted to win the gold for her father, who had a dream of winning one.
Sydney McLaughlin Boyfriend and Relationship
The two-times Gatorade athlete of the year, McLaughlin, has a successful career and love life.
McLaughlin has been dating the former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr. since 2020. The couple made their relationship Instagram official in December 2020 after Andre posted their picture on his Instagram.
During his career, Andre played as a wide receiver before retiring when he was twenty-five.
The couple is not much active on social media. But they do post pictures of them having a good time together occasionally. The couple is very much in love and is going strong to this date.
McLaughlin went to the Union Catholic regional high school located in Scotch Plains to complete her high schooling.
Once high school was over, she joined the University of Kentucky for her further studies.
McLaughlin started her career when her parents signed her for track and field when she was six years old. Initially, she ran for fun but later decided to make a career out of it.
As she grew up, her determination just became stronger and stronger. She joined the track and field team in her high school and has made her name ever since then.
During her freshman year in high school, she set the world age-14 and the National high school freshman record during the National Junior championship.
She then tried for the IAAF World Junior Championship but had to let it go because she had to be a year older than she was then. So, instead, she took part in the 100m hurdles and set the new record in the world age group with a time of 13.34.
She continued working harder, and in 2015, she set the age 15 best record in the world during the National Youth Trials. It was the same year when she even became the IAAF World Youth champion.
It was just the start, as in 2016, she broke the prep record and world youth best record set by Maxie. In the same game, she also broke the American junior record of Lashinda Demus. She did all this at the age of seventeen.
The same year, McLaughlin qualified for the 2016 Olympics after securing third place in the trials final with a world record time of 54.15. During the trial final, her time became the World junior record and the new youth record.
She became the youngest athlete to represent the USA in Track and Field in the Olympics after Rhonda Brady. However, she could not make it to the final of the main Olympic game after coming in fifth place during the semi-final.
Despite getting no medal during the 2016 Olympics, McLaughlin did not let it get to her. Instead, she worked harder and started the following year by breaking the high school record in the 300m hurdles. Her time of 38.90 became the record in North America and number two worldwide.
A year after this, she set another record of 50.36 in the 400m during the Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship organized by NCAA. McLaughlin kept her pace and again broke the collegiate NCAA record in the 400m hurdles during SEC Championship.
Besides individual games, she also took part in the medley relay and set many records with her team. She was one of the quartets of Olympians who broke the medley relay world record with their time 10:40.32 during the New Balance Grand Prix. The record-breaking team had McLaughlin, Olympic medalists Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson, and Brenda Martinez.
McLaughlin was at the peak of her career, so she decided to turn from collegiate to pro with Nike, who offered her an annual base pay of 1.5 Million USD.
After turning pro in 2018, she started working harder than ever, and her hard work paid off during the 2020 US Olympic trials. She won the trial games and flew to Tokyo to represent the USA. Dalilah Muhammad was second whereas Anna Cockrell was third in the trial.
While in Tokyo, she kept showing excellent play and won both the heat and semi-final of 400m hurdles of the ongoing Olympics. She maintained her pace even in the final and won gold for her country. She won another gold with Dalilah Muhammad, Allyson Felix, and Athing Mu in the 4x400m relay just three days after her first one.