Sydney McLaughlin, 16, tp be youngest USA track Olympian since 1980

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Sydney McLaughlin, a 16-year-old high school student, will be the youngest U.S. Olympian to compete in track and field since 1980 after she finished third overall in Sunday's 400-meter hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.

McLaughlin joins victor Dalilah Muhammad and runner-up Ashley Spencer on the team headed to Rio. McLaughlin narrowly edged Kori Carter at the finish line in 54.15 for a world junior and world youth record.

The last 16-year-old to make the U.S. Olympic track team was 100-meter hurdler Rhonda Brady in 1976.

McLaughlin will turn 17 on August 7, which is two days after the opening ceremonies and five days before track and field competition starts on August 12.

Lashinda Demus won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics but did not compete at the 2016 trials due to injury.

Muhammad set a meet record in 52.88 seconds.

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