By Ryan Foley
Published:August 3, 2021
-The Christian Post
An American athlete has thanked God after securing a medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics, making her the latest participant to acknowledge the importance of faith in the wake of victory.
American hurdler Kendra “Keni” Harrison won a silver medal for Team USA in the 100-meter hurdles Monday at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. In an interview with NBC following the event, Harrison proclaimed that “all the glory goes to God just to have this opportunity.”
As noted in a separate NBC interview conducted before winning the silver medal, “Five years ago, Keni walked into the Olympic trials the hands-down favorite.” However, she finished in sixth place, preventing her from competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Two weeks after the 2016 Olympic trials, Harrison broke the world record for hurdling. Harrison’s pinned tweet shows a video of her breaking the world record in 2016, accompanied by the caption, “I am a walking testimony of how incredible God truly is.”
Video footage of Harrison at the Olympic trials and the competition where she broke the world record, included in the NBC report, revealed that the athlete had a cross around her neck on both occasions.
Additionally, Harrison wore the cross as she spoke with NBC News via video in the latter part of the interview and as she practiced for the Tokyo Games as part of the network’s feature on her.
“I learn from my mistakes,” she told NBC, according to Christian Headlines. “For this to be my first Olympics and to come here on this world stage, and represent my country to the best of my ability — all the glory goes to God just to have this opportunity. … Just to get a silver medal at this stage, it’s amazing.”
Monday’s post-victory interview was not the first time Harrison put her faith on display. Her Twitter biography features the phrase “I love Jesus.”
In 2018, she told Athletics Weekly that hurdling has “enabled my Christian faith to grow.”