Who are Sydney McLaughlin's parents? Family of Olympic gold medallist

Joshua Rogers July 20, 2022
Who are Sydney McLaughlin's parents? Family of Olympic gold medallist
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Who are Sydney McLaughlin’s parents? The Olympic gold medallist is competing at the World Athletic Championships and people are curious about her family life, including mom and dad.

Sydney McLaughlin is a 22-year-old hurdler and sprinter.

McLaughlin qualified for her first Olympic games in 2016, where she competed in the Rio games at just 16 years old.

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.

In July 2022, Sydney advanced to the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships. She cruised to first place in her heat, qualifying with a time of 53.95 seconds.

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Hurdler won 400m Olympic gold last year

McLaughlin won the 400m hurdles gold medal in Tokyo last year, setting yet another world record after finishing in 51.46 seconds.

In what some called 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.”

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Who are Sydney McLaughlin’s parents?

Sydney McLaughlin was born on August 7, 1999 in Dunellen, New Jersey.

The hurdler seemed destined for track and field success, with both her parents having impressive athletic backgrounds.

Sydney McLaughlin’s dad, Willie, was a semi-finalist in the 400m at the 1984 Olympic trials, while her mom, Mary, was a runner in high school, specialising in the 400m and 800m.

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Her older brother, Taylor, won silver in the 400m hurdles at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. Sydney and Taylor are the middle of four children.

“There’s some pressure living up to the McLaughlin name,” said Sydney. “People expect you to break records and set a high standard.”

“The (kids) all did other sports like soccer and basketball,” said their father, Willie McLaughlin.

“But we knew all along they’d get into track. We got them started when they were around eight years old.

“We aren’t surprised by what Taylor and Sydney have done. They have been prepared for this. We’re very proud of them.”

Who is Sydney McLaughlin’s boyfriend?

Sydney’s boyfriend is Andre Levrone Jr.

He is best known for playing as a wide receiver in the NFL. He had stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

However, he retired in 2020 at the age of 25. The couple often share pictures of each other on social media and are now engaged.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.