Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone to race her first 400m Hurdles of the season in May

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone to race her first 400m Hurdles of the season in May

Abigael Wafula 08:54 - 26.04.2024

World record holder Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone has disclosed when she will compete in her first 400m Hurdle race since August 2022.

The 400m Hurdles world record holder Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone has confirmed participation in her first 400m Hurdle race after more than a year of inaction in her favourite event.

As per the, the American will run her first 400m hurdles at the 2024 USATF Los Angeles Grand Prix on Saturday, May 18. The reigning Olympic champion has not raced since August 2022, when she won the Gyulai István Memorial.

In 2023, she also competed sparingly and missed her title defense at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. This season, she made her long-awaited return as part of the women’s 4x100m quartet that finished second at the Mt. SAC Relays in California on Saturday, April 20.

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She now has her eyes set on the Paris 2024 Olympic Games where she hopes to defend her title and replicate her performance at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics where she lowered her world record to 50.68 seconds.

“I just want to be better than I was in Tokyo. Improve upon myself. I don’t know what event I’ll possibly be doing, but just represent Team USA very well,” McLaughlin-Levrone said as per

“Paris is a dream come true. The stores, the roads, the cafes, all of it, it’s a dream. I love the fashion. Everybody here has amazing taste, and I just love to be able to see all the different looks, and all the different designers. It’s just really cool to see the culture here.”

At the event, the American will be up against former world record holder Delilah Muhammad and compatriot Anna Cockrell. World Indoor champion Christian Coleman has also confirmed participation in the 100m, with Gabby Thomas and Abby Steiner set to compete in the women’s 200m.

World 800m champion Mary Moraa has also been confirmed and she will be up against Marileidy Paulino, Mary Moraa and Athing Mu. Olympic champions Joshua Cheptegei, Selemon Barega, and Jacob Kiplimo headline the men’s 5000m.