A lot of people might have difficulty believing that Sydney McLaughlin is only 16 years old because of the achievements that she already has in track & field.
Who is this young girl who wowed fans?
Below are five fast facts about the youngest qualifier to the Rio Olympics in August:
Sydney McLaughlin holds several “no. 1” titles
During the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor championships, the well-decorated hurdler won with a time of 54.46 seconds, which ranks no. 1 among U-20 competitors in 2016, USA Today High School Sports reported.
Meanwhile, her performance of 51.87 in her 400-meter dash at the state Meet of Champions is said to be the fastest among U-18 sprinters, as it also ranks no. 1 in among US prep competitors, both in 2016
Sydney McLaughlin is already turning 17 when she competes in the Rio Olympics.
NJ.com dished in a separate report that Sydney McLaughlin, the fast-rising track & field star, is turning 17 years old on Aug. 7, two days after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro opens.
The young athlete is an optimist.
In an interview with NJ.com, Sydney McLaughlin admitted that whenever she fails to make to the Olympic Team this year, she already had a game plan.
“I didn’t expect all this to happen to me so quickly, but I’m not going to put any pressure on myself. I’m going to do the best I can,” she told the news site prior to her qualification to the US Olympic Team. “I’m just 16, so if I don’t make the Olympic Team I can come back in 4 years and try again.”
Sydney McLaughlin had a vision
As young as eight years old, Sydney McLaughlin already had the desire to become an athlete one day after seeing Allyson Felix won a gold medal in the 4×400-meter relay and a silver in the 200 dash in the summer Olympic Games in Beijing. She was watching then the US track & field star on the television with her family.
That desire grew days after day to the point of looking up to Felix as her idol until she started to dream of becoming part of the US Olympic Team.
Her potential is “unlimited.”
According to her Union Catholic coach Mike McCabe, Sydney McLaughlin “has the tools to be the best there ever was in the 400 hurdles and maybe the 400.” And yes, she surely has them as she is now the youngest Rio Olympics qualifier.