Another Marathon Title For U Of I’s McFadden

April 13, 2014

Numerous sources, including the BBC and Inside The, report University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden has defended her women's wheelchair crown in the London Marathon.

McFadden reportedly set a new course record of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 11 seconds - 1 year after winning marathon titles in London, Boston, New York, and Chicago.

"I did a lot of work in the team," McFadden told Inside The Games, beating her nearest rival, Manuela Schär of Switzlerland by more than a minute and a half.  "I was nervous, but I was not in my chair for three weeks.  It was a tough race, but I stayed calm and relaxed and I tried to use the downhills as much as I could."

In a recent interview on the U of I campus – she talked about possibly returning for graduate school this fall – but for now, calls herself a full-time athlete.

"I just really enjoy what I do," she said.  "I enjoy marathoning.  I enjoy track.  I enjoy skiing.  And so whatever I'm doing athletically, I really enjoy.  I find that moment in me of being so into it, and just that drive, and wanting to see how far I can push by body.  I absolutely love it."

The 24-year old's latest trimuph comes just weeks after earning a silver medal in the Nordic cross-country skiing 1 kilometer event at Sochi at the Winter Paralympics.

Story source: WILL