NEW YORK, New York. (Jun. 7, 2022) – Sydney McLaughlin, the 2021 Olympic 400 meters hurdles champion and fastest woman in history over the distance will headline not one, but two events at the USATF NYC Grand Prix on Sunday, June 12, organizers announced today.
A new gold-level stop on World Athletics’ Continental Tour Gold, the USATF NYC Grand Prix will take place at Icahn Stadium on Randalls Island in New York City on Sunday, June 12. Tickets for the event on are now on sale at https://www.usatf.org/tickets.
McLaughlin made history at last year’s US Olympic Team Trials when she shattered the 400 meters hurdles world record in 51.90. She went on to win Olympic gold, bettering her own record mark to 51.46 to become Olympic champion aged just 21. She added a further gold medal to her tally, winning the 4×400 meters relay for Team USA in Tokyo.
At the USATF NYC Grand Prix McLaughlin will sharpen up both her sprint hurdling as well as quarter-mile speed, lining up over 100 meters hurdles as well as the 400 meters, as she prepares for her title defence at the Toyota USATF Outdoor Championships (June 23-26, 2022).
In other news, American 400m hurdles record-holder Rai Benjamin has withdrawn from the USATF NYC Grand Prix.
The 2022 USATF NYC Grand Prix will be shown live on NBC from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 12 and is a member of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold.
The deadline to apply for media credentials is tonight, Tue., June 7, 2022 at midnight.
About the Randalls Island Park Alliance
The Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA), founded in 1992, is a public-private partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation that seeks to realize the unique potential of 330 waterfront parkland acres anchoring Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. RIPA works with the City and local communities to provide an innovative and exciting destination through a wide range of sports venues, cultural events, and environmental exploration. As the dedicated steward of Randall’s Island Park, the Alliance sustains, maintains, develops and programs the Park to support the well-being of all New Yorkers.The Park offers miles of waterfront pathways, almost nine acres of wetlands, an urban farm, Icahn Stadium – an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Class 1 certified running track with a 400-meter Mondo Super X Surface – a golf center, a 20-court tennis center, and over 60 new playing fields, as well as the Harlem River Event Site. For more information, please visit randallsisland.org.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.