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McLaughlin-Levrone Set to Make Statement Over 400m Hurdles at 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials

American sprinter Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will race in the 400m hurdles at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, an event she hasn't contested since breaking the world record in 2022.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone wins 400m at the USATF Championships in World-Leading Marks
Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone runs 48.74 to capture the 400 meter at the USATF Championships. Photo by Pat Holleran

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone has confirmed that she will compete in the 400m hurdles at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials, a discipline she’s dominated for several years but hasn’t contested since 2022.

This decision was first reported by NBC Sports, following contact with her coach, Bobby Kersee, and one of her agents.

Read more: Sydney McLaughlin smashes 400m hurdles world record with stunning 50.68

Shortly after winning the women’s 200m at the 2024 USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix on Saturday, McLaughlin-Levrone confirmed the news during a post-race interview with NBC Sports, acknowledging that she’s using the recent series of 200m races to sharpen her speed for the 400m hurdles.

“Speed work,” she said, replying to what role the sprint races play in her Paris 2024 preparations. She added: “Getting used to turnover and being able to come off those last couple of hurdles fast.”

McLaughlin-Levrone currently holds the world record in the 400m hurdles with a blistering time of 50.68 seconds, set to win the World Athletics Championships gold medal in Eugene, Oregon, in 2022. She’s also dipped under 52 seconds five other times in her career.

The former Kentucky star owns the second-fastest 400m time in American history with 48.74 seconds, but many, including multiple Olympic and world medalist Ato Boldon, believe she’s capable of breaking the U.S. record of 48.70 seconds, currently held by Sanya Richards-Ross.

Saturday’s 200m outing was the second of the season for McLaughlin-Levrone, who improved her personal best to 22.07 seconds (-0.3 m/s), the second-fastest time in the world this year. The time bettered her previous PB of 22.39, set in 2018.

Meanwhile, despite a shift in focus to the open 400m in 2023 due to a knee injury, the 24-year-old is now gearing up to defend her Olympic title later this summer and potentially face off against world champion Femke Bol of the Netherlands at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials are scheduled to take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, from June 21 to June 30.

Simone Goss has been with World-Track since 2003 and has done outstanding work at the back end to help out with traveling and other meeting related activities. Goss has also done work for SportingEagles, Blaze News and other media outlets. She obtains a bachelor degree in Communication.

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