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Paris 2024 Olympics: Sydney McLaughlin’s crucial decision could lead to Olympians making history

With the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris approaching, all eyes are on record-breaking American track and field star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone. The Olympic sprinter returns to her favorite event: the 400-meter hurdles for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 24-year-old aims to qualify for the Paris Games and defend her title. She has already set new world records in the past, breaking the 52s and 51s marks in the hurdle race. Now the sprinter who was named 2022 female world athlete is going for gold at the Olympic Games in August. Moreover, if she wins, it will create a new Olympic history.

In a recent Citrus Mag tweet, they shared the details on whether Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will return to the Paris Olympics in August. They wrote, “After not running a single hurdle race in 2023 and winning the U.S. 400m title last year in 48.74 (the second fastest in U.S. history), coach Bobby Kersee told NBC Sports that Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone will return to the 400-meter hurdles as her focus for the Olympic Games in Paris.” Bob Kersee further added: “I think Sydney’s love is the 400m hurdles, so that’s the number one event,” add, “My job is to make sure she gets ready for what she wants to do most.”

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McLaughlin-Levrone is the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder in the 400-meter hurdle. Anderson Emerole retweeted the Citrus Mag post, pointing out that: “If Sydney were to win Olympic 400mH gold this summer, she would become the first woman in history to win back-to-back Olympic titles in the event.” One of the two other women to receive this honor is Dalilah Muhammad, who won gold in 2016 and silver in 2020.

The potential competition between McLaughlin-Levrone and Dalilah Muhammad, who has the third fastest time in history, will be exciting. Also joining them will be the Dutch Femke Bol, Olympic bronze medalist and the second fastest woman in history with a personal best of 51.45. She earned this last July in the London Diamond League. If McLaughlin-Levrone qualifies for the Olympics, she could also compete in the mixed-gender 4x400m relay and the women’s 4x400m relay. Right now, she’s focusing all her energy on the trials and recovering from the injury that set her back in 2023.

Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone’s inspiring path to recovery

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Last year, Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone announced she was withdrawing from the World Athletics Championships in Budapest due to a knee injury. With less than a month to go until the championship, she said: “After consultation with my doctors and coaches, I need to resolve a minor knee problem so that I can be fully healthy for the Olympic Games in Paris next year. I look forward to seeing everyone back on the track soon!” USA Track and Field released a statement supporting her decision to withdraw, saying: “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her back on the court soon.” Her coach has also weighed in on the issue and assured athletics enthusiasts that it is an injury “nothing serious,” and she won’t need surgery.

As part of her recovery, the sprinter underwent physical therapy and strength and conditioning work to recover. This wasn’t the first time she’d withdrawn. She had previously withdrawn from the pre-World Championships with three weeks to go. It was again due to her recurring knee problem. But 2024 has been good for Sydney so far. According to CitrusMag it is “Last month, McLaughlin-Levrone ran 12.71 in the 100m hurdles (the second fastest time of her career) and has also run a wind-assisted 22.38 in the 200m. She will run the 200 meters tomorrow at the LA Grand Prix.” Moreover, now that she has decided to return to the 2024 Olympics, viewers will get to see her in a rejuvenated and healthy shape.

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