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Sydney McLaughlin, youngest track Olympian since 1980, picks Kentucky

Athletics - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Sydney McLaughlin of the United States competes in the Women’s 400m Hurdles Round 1 on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Sydney McLaughlin, who made the Rio Olympic team at age 16, plans to compete for the University of Kentucky in college.

Rather than turning pro, McLaughlin visited two schools in the recruiting process, Kentucky and the University of Southern California, and will sign her national letter of intent on Wednesday, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

McLaughlin reached the Rio Olympic 400m hurdles semifinals after finishing third at the Olympic Trials to make the U.S. team.

McLaughlin, who turned 17 during the Rio Olympics, became the youngest U.S. track and field athlete to make an Olympic team since 1980 and the youngest to compete in the Olympics since 1972.

Notable athletes to compete for Kentucky include 100m hurdles world-record holder Keni Harrison and 2004 Olympic long jump champion Dwight Phillips.

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