The Bible verse from Hebrews that helped Sydney McLaughlin on her journey


Many athletes give thanks to God after a great victory. Fewer are those who name a specific Bible verse that stood out to them during their training. Athletics superstar Sydney McLaughlin did both after winning gold in the 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Athletics and breaking his own world record in the process.

“These last days of preparation for this race, Hebrews 4:16 has been on my mind coming boldly to his throne to receive mercy and grace. And I think (God) really gave me the strength to do it today, so all the glory goes to God,” she told NBC Sports after her big win.

McLaughlin shared the same verse in an Instagram post about her record-breaking performance.

“Preparing for this encounter, the core of my team was centered on faith and belief. The amount of prayer coupled with hard work divinely peaked in 50.68 seconds. By the grace of God, we achieved our goal” , she wrote.

In the same post, McLaughlin encouraged fellow runners to continue to trust in God as they pursue their goals.

“Let’s keep pushing the boundaries of sport, because with God, anything is possible,” she said.

McLaughlin, 22, also won gold in the 400m hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics. She first broke the world record for the event in July 2021 and has broken her own time three times since then.

“From 1984 to 2019 (35 years), the record improved by 1.42 seconds. In 13 months, McLaughlin improved it by 1.48 seconds,” the Deseret News reported after his last run at the World Championships in Athletics.

McLaughlin regularly speaks about his faith on social media and in post-race interviews. His Biography Twitter is a “child of God”.


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