Tatyana McFadden continued her dominance of the T54 events as she won her fourth gold of the World Para Athletics Championships in London, taking the 800m title with ease in 1:47.82.
The American’s start to the season had been affected by blood clots in her legs but she returned to dominate on the track in the UK capital, winning titles in the 200m, 400m and 1500m before her 800m success on Wednesday.
“I am so proud of myself,” said McFadden, who finished more than a second and a half ahead of Switzerland’s Manuela Schär and her fellow US wheelchair racer Amanda McGrory. “It’s been a long journey this year and this is such a great way to finish these world championships. As it was my last race I just wanted to race well regardless of how I felt and how I did.
“I was a little nervous as I didn’t know if I could trust my body to be able to do it.”
“I had surgery three months ago and had to focus on my recovery. All I wanted to do was to make it back to London because I love it here.”
Scout Bassett is bringing home her first World Championship medal in the 100m! She is also the first female T42 to win a global medal in any event for Track and Field.
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Tatyana McFadden took the lead early in the women’s wheelchair race and never let up. After taking top place in the race every year since 2010, she quickly proved why she’s a powerhouse in the sport.Within two miles of the start, she started passing several of the male racers.
McFadden crossed the finish line of the AJC Peachtree Road Race with an unofficial time of 24:17.
“This course is fierce,” McFadden told 11Alive at the finish line. “I love this race. It’s really technical and fast.” She vowed to return for race number eight next year.
The 27-year-old continues her impressive streak including the Boston Marathon, the New York Marathon, and the London Marathon.
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