Along with her Olympic appearances and record times she also won the world championships in the half marathon (1994). This victory helped cemented her position as one the great distance runners in South Africa. Her times back this up: personal best for 10 000m – 30.52.51, half marathon – 1.06.44, marathon – 2.25.15.
How to handle the pressure?
With so much attention on her in South Africa, how did she cope with the pressure of big meets, like the Olympics? She explains, "Prior to every race I ask the Lord to use me as would seem best to him. Then having asked that of him, whether it goes well with me or not, the result will be the best. I can be content with that."
Her Christian faith and running were linked together. God was not just for Sundays but was part of her everyday duties, including her training.
But it was her silver medal at the 1992 Olympics that showed her true greatness. This medal was the highest honour achieved by a South African for that event. But it was what happened after her race that drew the most attention:
She ran a victory lap with Ethiopian gold medallist Derartu Tulu. This simple act spoke volumes as a symbol of racial harmony for a country that was on a journey of reconciliation. The gesture was beamed around the world as an example of unity.
Meyer's greatest gift, however, is the one she has been given by God: a restored relationship with God through Jesus. Her running was just an expression of this gift of grace. "Athletics is just a gift, but without the Lord I would not have accomplished anything on my own."