A former Kentucky Wildcat has been named one of the must-see athletes in the world at the Tokyo Olympics. Sydney McLaughlin is one of six track stars on The New York Times’ list of the top 40 athletes at the summer games, which begin next weekend. Her rival Daliah Muhammad also made the cut after their duel in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Trials last month.
McLaughlin outsprinted Muhammad to win the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. trials — and break Muhammad’s world record. McLaughlin finished in 51.90 seconds, becoming the first woman to run the race in less than 52 seconds. Now, as both of them head to Tokyo, McLaughlin will be the favorite in an event that is packed with talent.
In case you missed McLaughlin’s world-record breaking run, here is it:
“It’s one of those moments that you dream about, and you think about, and replay in your head,” McLaughlin said of her run. “When you’re going to be able to put it together. I knew from the moment I woke up today that it was gonna be a great day. I think just trusting that process – it was just the final ‘I did it’ moment, and I’m gonna cherish it for the rest of my life.”
Other names on the NYT’s list: Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe, and Allyson Felix. So, you know, superstars. It’s good to see McLaughlin in their company. Round 1 of the 400-meter hurdles is scheduled for Saturday, July 31.