Franklin Graham Praises Olympic Track & Field Athlete Allyson Felix, Who’s ‘Grateful to God for It All’

(PHOTO: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON) Allyson Felix a the 2016 Rio Olympics Women's 400m semifinals at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 14, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/LUCY NICHOLSON)
Allyson Felix a the 2016 Rio Olympics Women’s 400m semifinals at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 14, 2016.

Evangelist Franklin Graham is praising Olympian Allyson Felix who became the all-time most decorated U.S. woman in Olympic track and field history during the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, after she won her seventh Olympic medal in the women’s 400-meter final.

“Taking a silver in the 400 meter, Allyson Felix has just become the most decorated U.S. women’s track and field athlete in history!” Graham wrote on Facebook. “She makes no secret of her Christian faith on social media. Before yesterday’s big event, Allyson posted, ‘I praise God for it all.’ She has also said, ‘I came to know Jesus Christ at a very young age. … Faith leads my life. That’s definitely the reason that I run.'”

In a photo finish of the 400-m race Monday night, fellow Olympian Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dove across the line, edging Felix for the gold by .07 seconds.

Writing on her Facebook page, Felix admitted that she was disappointed but remained grateful.

“Last night didn’t end the way I had dreamed,” she said. “I’m disappointed. I was quickly reminded of countless reasons to be proud, thankful and grateful. Bobby [Felix’s coach] told me this is the most proud he has ever been of me. That resonated with me.

“Everything went wrong this year, but some way I made it here and won a silver medal. I fought as hard as I could and gave my all. I’m most proud of never giving up on my dreams in the face of adversity. I’m extremely humbled to now be the most decorated female Olympian in USATF history. All glory to God!” Felix said.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Brandon Showalter