Tatyana McFadden won her sixth-straight Bank of America Chicago Marathon and seventh overall in the women’s wheelchair division on Sunday in 1 hour, 42 minutes, 28 seconds, becoming the most decorated athlete to ever compete in the annual event.
She won gold medals at the Rio Olympics. She’s been on “The Ellen Show.”
But McFadden, who trains with the prestigious University of Illinois wheelchair racing program, said her motivation hasn’t waned.
“I was quite nervous,” McFadden said. “I’m just so happy. I really really wanted this. I know each race is going to be harder and tougher and I prepare myself for that.”
McFadden edged out Manuela Schaer of Switzerland for the one-second victory.Amanda McGrory, who also trains with the Illini, finished third in 1:47:55.
McFadden said the race was particularly difficult given the mere six weeks between her competition in the Paralympic Games and the marathon.
“My body did not want to go back to training,” she said. “I knew it was going to hurt. I’m really happy with this race today.”