Sydney McLaughlin today won gold in the women’s 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics, smashing the world record in the process. Now many are curious to know more about life away from the track as well as Sydney McLaughlin’s boyfriend, Andre Levrone Jr.
Who is Sydney McLaughlin?
Sydney McLaughlin was born 7 August 1999 and is a 21-year-old hurdler and sprinter. This week she turns 22!
In the lead up to her second Olympic Games in Tokyo, McLaughlin broke the record for the women’s 400m hurdles after finishing in 51.90 seconds.
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Who is Sydney McLaughlin’s boyfriend, Andre Levrone Jr?
Sydney McLaughlin is dating former NFL wide receiver Andre Levrone Jr. Levrone played for many teams during his career, including the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, before retiring last year.
At the time, he announced his retirement on Instagram to his 18,100 followers. Levrone began: “Farewell Football. Mannnn, this is the first time in 20 years where the football season has rolled around and I’m not playing.
“Deciding to no longer pursue a professional football career was a difficult decision, but a necessary one nonetheless.”
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How long have they been dating?
Former football player Andre Levrone Jr and Sydney McLaughlin have been together for almost six months, having first revealed their relationship online in December 2020.
At the time, Levrone made their relationship Instagram official as he described McLaughlin as “Heaven sent”.
Since then, the couple have regularly featured each other on their Instagram, with McLaughlin sharing a sweet snap of the pair in April.
The ‘greatest race of all time’
When winning her gold medal today (4 August), Sydney McLaughlin set a new world record after finishing in 51.46 seconds.
In what some are calling the “greatest race ever”, McLaughlin finished ahead of USA teammate Dalilah Muhammad and Femke Bol, of the Netherlands.
As per the Guardian, McLaughlin said: “I saw Dalilah ahead of me with one to go. I just thought: ‘Run your race.’ The race doesn’t really start til hurdle seven. I just wanted to go out there and give it everything I had. I’m delighted.”
McLaughlin also praised her coach, Bobby Kersee.
She said: “It’s just about trusting your training, trusting your coach, and that will get you all the way round the track.
“We’ve practised the last 40m so many times so it was nothing unfamiliar. I just knew I had to give it everything I had and dip at the line.”