Track and Field News Names Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone 'Performance of the Year' After Record-Breaking Runs
Track and Field News Names Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone 'Performance of the Year' After Record-Breaking Runs

The much-anticipated clash at the Budapest 23 World Athletics Championships, the women’s 400m featuring Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, and Marileidy Paulino, will not materialize. Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone was forced to withdraw due to a “minor knee issue.”

She posted on her social media, “After consulting with my doctors and coaches, I need to address a minor knee issue to ensure my full health for next year’s Paris Olympics. I look forward to returning to the track soon,” wrote the undisputed queen of the women’s 400m hurdles. ALSO READ: Femke Bol and Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone Set for Epic Clash

Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas, who gave birth four months ago, holds the title of defending champion. Marileidy Paulino from the Dominican Republic and McLaughlin-Levrone have been the two standout athletes this season.

Last month, McLaughlin-Levrone secured victory in the U.S. 400m title with a time of 48.74 seconds, a mere four hundredths shy of the American record. This timing marked the world’s fastest time since Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas clinched the Tokyo Olympic title in 48.36.

Marileidy Paulino, the Olympic and world silver medalist from the Dominican Republic, stands as the second-fastest woman globally this year, trailing only McLaughlin-Levrone.

A statement from USA Track and Field expressed full support for McLaughlin-Levrone’s decision, stating, “We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to her return to the track.”

Who will replace Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone in USA’s team for Budapest 23?

Lynna Irby-Jackson will take McLaughlin-Levrone’s place in the individual 400m event at the championships. Irby-Jackson, who secured fourth place at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, was already a part of the U.S. roster for the 4x400m relays. She joins Britton Wilson and Talitha Diggs on the U.S. team for the individual 400m event.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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