Olympians Are "Shook" About Sydney McLaughlin's Return To The Short Hurdles

When Sydney McLaughlin won the Gatorade National Track & Field Athlete of the Year award this week, the world junior record holder told the press that she won't be returning to her specialty, the 400m hurdles, next year. Instead, she'll focus on the 100m hurdles and long jump during her freshman year at the University of Kentucky. This is an athlete who made the 2016 Olympic team as a 16-year-old, so needless to say, several Olympian short hurdlers are, well, "shook."



McLaughlin retweeted and liked Nia Ali's tweet, so it looks like it's all in good fun. Ali is the silver medalist from Rio and the only athlete from last year's U.S. sweep of the 100m hurdles to make the World Championships squad in London, as Olympic champion Brianna Rollins is in the midst of a year-long suspension from competition and bronze medalist Kristi Castlin placed sixth in the U.S. final.

Who didn't tweet? World record holder and U.S. champion Keni Harrison, who trains with Edrick Floreal at the University of Kentucky, aka she'll be McLaughlin's training partner next year. Harrison told us before USAs last week that she wants to try the 400m hurdles during the off year in 2018.

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House Of Run: Ato Boldon Talks Lyles, Felix, NCAA Stars & Trash Talk

Ato Boldon returns to the show and discusses Noah Lyles’ chances at the American record, his future in the 100m, the rivalry with Christian Coleman, Allyson Felix’s prospects at USAs, the decline of Jamaican men’s sprinting, the resurgence of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, which collegians can contend at the World Championships and much more.

Justin Gatlin Is Rewriting The 'Over 30' 100m Record Books

Two years ago most people believed Justin Gatlin's 2017 World Championship win over Christian Coleman and Usain Bolt at the age of 35 was going to be his last hurrah. Flash forward two years later and Gatlin seems poised to not only defend his title but be a real contender in 2020 as well.

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