U.S. Olympic Runner Praises God After Setting World Record: “Jesus Has Given Me Everything”

Sydney McLaughlin, Wikimedia Commons

This is so beautiful!

United States field and track runner Sydney McLaughlin set the world record for the 400-meter hurdles at the Olympic trials on June 27. McLaughlin, who is now competing at the Tokyo Olympics, gave all the credit to the Lord, saying she “is in awe of God.”

The 21-year-old athlete ran the 400-meter hurdle in 51.90 seconds, breaking another runner’s previous 52.16-second record.

Here’s her Instagram post below:

@sydneymclaughlin16, Instagram

McLaughlin’s post reads, “The face of a woman who is in awe of God 🙏🏽 51.90.

“I could feel this meet was going to be something special… but MAN.

“Weeks like these are some of the hardest in a track athletes life. The mental strain of preparing for the rounds in order to solidify your spot is heavy enough. But the amount of weight the Lord took off my shoulders, is the reason I could run so freely yesterday.

My faith was being tested all week. From bad practices, to 3 false start delays, to a meet delay.

I just kept hearing God say, “Just focus on me”. It was the best race plan I could have ever assembled. I no longer run for self recognition, but to reflect His perfect will that is already set in stone. I don’t deserve anything. But by grace, through faith, Jesus has given me everything. Records come and go. The glory of God is eternal. Thank you Father. 🤍

“Congrats to everyone who made the team, as well as my awesome competitors!! Let’s go represent the USA 🇺🇸  the best way we know how!”

In a follow-up interview, McLaughlin says she “found stability in Christ.”

Here’s the video below:


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“Honestly, I think that this year has been the biggest part of my success, coming out of COVID and a year of such uncertainty, I really found stability in Christ and in my faith.

“Even in crazy meets where there’s so much on the line, I always have something to hold onto.”

Say a prayer for all Olympic athletes!

St. Sebastian, patron saint of athletes, please pray for us!

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[See also: Olympian Lifts Up Our Lady’s Miraculous Medal After Winning Gold Medal for the Philippines]

[See also: Meet the Young Catholic Gymnast Taking Her Faith to the Tokyo Olympics: “I Feel So Blessed”]

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Jacqueline Burkepile is the editor for the English edition of ChurchPOP. She is a journalist, former university campus minister, and a wife and mother. You can follow her posts on Instagram and Facebook.