U of M - McLaughlin's Sensational Season Ends with Silver at World Juniors

U of M - McLaughlin's Sensational Season Ends with Silver at World Juniors

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What You Need to Know

» Taylor McLaughlin earned a silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday, recording a lifetime-best race of 49.45 seconds while competing in the World Junior Championships in Poland.

» Representing Team USA, McLaughlin proved himself to be the fastest American junior (under-20), outperforming the world No. 3 ranking he held prior to this weekend's final.

» This week's international competition marks the end of an incredible freshman season for McLaughlin, one of the most decorated in Michigan history, including multiple All-America honors and Big Ten medals.

• Results

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Rising sophomore Taylor McLaughlin of the University of Michigan men's track and field team brought his sensational rookie season to a close on Saturday (July 23), collecting a silver medal for the United States at the World Junior Championships with his lifetime-best 400-meter hurdles performance at Zawisza Stadium.

McLaughlin timed the fastest race of his life (49.45) in the final, recording his fifth race faster than 50 seconds in the 2016 season.

"I'm really happy with my performance," said McLaughlin. "Honestly, to run that time is amazing. I'm toward the end of a long freshman season and to be able to finish the year with a personal-best time is exciting."

His season-best and personal-best time eclipsed his race of 49.73 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last month. McLaughlin was the fastest-ranked American junior all season long, and showed his poise in today's final with a relaxed approach.

"I was a lot calmer than I thought I was going to be," he said. "I went out and tried to go out smooth - not hard, but not too slow. I wanted to go out with (Jamaica's Jaheel) Hyde because I know he likes to go out hard, and I wanted to go out fast enough to go with him. When I saw them going off the turn I thought I had to get in position to medal, and I was able to pull it off and get second place."

He earned his place in today's final with a second-place finish (50.25) in his semifinal heat on Friday, featuring the three fastest-ranked junior athletes in the world, and was seeded second heading into today's race. His bid to Poland was sealed by virtue of a U.S. junior championship (50.74) in the event last month.

During his freshman campaign, he earned All-America honors twice; once during the indoor season, restoring the tradition of Michigan's distance medley relay with its first such honor since 2007, and once during the outdoor season as an individual, where he placed fifth (49.84) in the 400-meter hurdles at the national meet.

McLaughlin also became a Michigan record holder at 400 meters indoors (46.42) when he won bronze at the Big Ten Indoor Championships and captured his first Big Ten Title during the outdoor championship meet in the hurdles. The summer season provided McLaughlin the opportunity to compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials after he won his junior championship, and there he advanced to the semifinal round against the nation's best athletes.

Michigan will be represented by three former athletes (Nick Willis, New Zealand, 1,500 meters; Nate Brannen, Canada, 1,500 meters; Jeff Porter, U.S.A., 100-meter hurdles) on the track at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Alumnus Mike Woods (cycling, Canada) will also represent U-M in Rio. The Olympic Games will begin with opening ceremonies Aug. 5 and continue through Aug. 21.

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