In 2008, Tiidrek Nurme competed in the 1500m at the Beijing Olympics and earlier this year he represented Estonia in the marathon at the Games in Rio. Speaking to Planet Sport reporter Norman Brierley, he discusses his early life and reveals how his things changed gradually but clearly for the better after he became a follower of Jesus Christ.
In a two part interview, spread across two programmes, the Estonian tells his story about his life, running and faith, from being jailed at the age of just 15 for criminal activities to rediscovering his love for running and becoming a double Olympian.
“Today I can say that if I really want to stay in Jesus I have to pray and I have to focus on him. And we know those things that we need. We need the Bible, we need fellowship with other Christians. So like the Bible says, it’s a support and if I read that I take it seriously, I believe in that. And if I take the word, I stand on the word and if I find some kind of other thoughts in my head which are not from Jesus then I take the word, I say in Jesus’ name I believe that one.” Tiidrek Nurme.
You can listen to his story, featured on our Planet Sport programmes below: