Sydney McLaughlin of the United States made history by breaking her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles last Friday at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
McLaughlin finished the hurdle in 50.68 seconds, shattering her previous record of 51.41 seconds set last month, according to CBN News. This is also the 22-year-old athlete’s fourth new 400-meter hurdles world record in 13 months.
“I’ll have to start by saying all glory to God,” she said after the race to NBC Sports. “As I’ve been preparing for this race, Hebrews 4:16 has been on my mind: come boldly to His throne to receive mercy and grace.”
And I think He really gave me the strength to do it today, so all the glory goes to God.”
“Coming into this race, I just wanted to go out there and attack the whole thing. Bobby [Kersee] (her coach) and I have been training for this all year, and we wanted to go execute,” McLaughlin continued. “The last 100 hurt really bad, but I’m really grateful for it, and I’m grateful for that time and bringing a medal home to Team USA.”
“Anything’s possible,” she said.
McLaughlin, an outspoken Christian, has touted her faith on social media and throughout her career, including in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she won gold in the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
After winning the gold, she contended that it’s all about “just trusting the process and giving the glory to God.”
This May, McLaughlin married former NFL player Andre Levrone Jr. in a Christ-centered ceremony.