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Sydney McLaughlin and Team USA earn gold medal in 4x400-meter relay


Athletics - Olympics: Day 15 Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Kentucky Wildcats track and field alumna Sydney McLaughlin and Team USA won a gold medal Saturday in the 4x400-meter relay in the final day of Olympic track & field competition.

Team USA finished with a time of 3:16.85, with McLaughlin running the leadoff leg of the relay.

McLaughlin did not run in the 4x400m relay heats due to their proximity to her gold medal-winning performance in the 400m hurdles, but Team USA finished with the fastest time (3:20.86).

This is McLaughlin’s second gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after winning the 400m hurdles in world record time (51.46).

McLaughlin is now the only Wildcat to win two gold medals in the same Olympics and second to win two medals in the same Olympics. Rachel Komisarz of Team USA swimming was the first to accomplish that feat, winning gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay and silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

In track & field competition in Tokyo 2020, Wildcats have now earned five medals. In addition to McLaughlin’s two golds, Jasmine Camacho-Quinn won gold in the 100m hurdles, Keni Harrison earned silver in the same race, and Javianne Oliver ran for silver in the 4x100m relay for Team USA.

Wildcat Dwight St. Hillaire and Trinidad and Tobago also ran in the 4x400m relay, placing eighth with a time of 3:00.85. He also ran in the individual 400m dash and qualified for semifinals.

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