U Of I Grad McFadden Wins 5th Boston Marathon

April 16, 2018
U of I graduate Tatyana McFadden, celebrates after winning the women's wheelchair division of the 122nd Boston Marathon.

University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden celebrates after winning the women's wheelchair division of the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston.

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University of Illinois graduate Tatyana McFadden has won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon.

The 28-year-old from Maryland crossed the finish line on Boylston Street Monday morning with an official time of 2 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds. It was the slowest winning time in 30 years, achieved in an icy rain and a near-gale headwind. 

It gives McFadden five Boston Marathon wins and a record-setting 22 victories in the Abbott World Marathon Majors series. She had placed fourth at Boston in 2017, a year in which she was hospitalized for treatment of blood clots.

The Russian-born McFadden says she's overwhelmed after winning what she knew would be a tough race.

She also won the women's wheelchair race at the Chicago Marathon last October.

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