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US Olympian Gives ‘Glory to God’ After Smashing World Record and Winning Gold

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American gold medal winner Sydney McLaughlin reminded the world Wednesday that although the world of sports seems dominated by a culture  of self-aggrandizing protest, there is also a culture of faith.

“Just trusting the process. Giving the glory to God,” McLaughlin said, after setting a world record in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, according to SportsSpectrum. “It’s all, this season, hard work and dedication. And [I’m] just really grateful to be able to represent my country and to have this opportunity.”

McLaughlin’s record time of 51.46 seconds broke her own five-week-old record of 51.9 seconds. American Dalilah Muhammad, the current world and Olympic champion, was second with a time of 51.58 seconds. Femke Bol of the Netherlands was third at 52.03 seconds.

McLaughlin, 21, is emphatic about the role of faith in her life.

“All the glory to God,” she told NBC after first setting the world record in June, according to SportsSpectrum. “Honestly, this season just working with my new coach and my new support system, it’s truly just faith and trusting the process. I couldn’t ask for anything more and truly it is all a gift from God.”

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