NJ track star Sydney McLaughlin breaks world record, heads to Olympics

McLaughlin is the first woman to break the 52-second barrier for the event

Sydney McLaughlin shattered the world record in the women’s 400 meter hurdles at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon on Sunday with a stunning 51.9 seconds. She’s the first woman to break the 52-second barrier for the event.

The magnitude of McLaughlin’s victory was written all over her face as she crossed the finish line and saw the posted time. The performance earned her a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

McLaughlin is a 21-year-old Dunellen native and graduate of Union Catholic High School. She first qualified for Team USA in 2016, becoming the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics since 1976.

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