Sydney McLaughlin (Dunellen, New Jersey) trimmed .3 seconds off the world junior indoor record in the women’s 400m to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.
McLaughlin, a University of Kentucky freshman who is a Team USATF Olympian in the 400m hurdles from the 2016 London Games, won the SEC Indoor Championships in 50.52 at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium, breaking the previous record of 50.82, set in 2004 by Sanya Richards. Her time is also the fastest in the world in 2018, and the second-fastest indoor time in U.S. history.
Other notable performances from the weekend:
Charles Allie — Allie broke the men’s 70-74 world masters indoor record in the 200 meters with a 26.45 at New York City’s Armory. He also anchored a world record 4x400m relay that clocked 4:26.14, almost 15 seconds better than the existing record.
Ida Keeling — By virtue of being the first 100+-year-old woman to finish an official indoor 60m, Keeling set a world masters mark of 58.34.
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Sam Kendricks — Kendricks won the Clermont-Ferrand pole vault meet with a world-leading jump of 5.93m/19-5.5. It was the first competition in history with seven men clearing 5.88m/19-3.5 or higher.
Lynna Irby — Another SEC freshman, Irby won the 200m for Georgia at the conference championships with a world-leading 22.66, and also finished as runner-up behind McLaughlin in the 400m at 50.62.
Amy Cragg — Cragg was third in the Tokyo Marathon in a lifetime-best 2:21:42, making her the fifth-fastest American performer ever.
Now in its 17th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week
2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin.
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