After Four Wins, McFadden Places Fourth In Boston Marathon Women’s Wheelchair Competition
Tatyana McFadden’s winning streak at the Boston Marathon has ended after four years.
The Russian-born, University of Illinois graduate student based in Maryland finished 4th in the women’s wheelchair category of the high-profile race Monday, with a time of 1:35:05.
McFadden had won a "grand slam" of marathons in Boston, Chicago, London and New York City, every year since 2013. Her competition at Boston comes after being hospitalized for over a week in the past month for three blood clot surgeries.
Manuela Schar of of Switzerland won the women’s wheelchair division in 1 hour, 28 minutes, 17 seconds, shattering the world best by more than five minutes. It’s the first time that a woman has beaten the one-hour, thirty-minute mark. The old best for a woman in the wheelchair race was 1:34:06.
Other athletes with U of I ties also finished near the top in women’s wheelchair competition.
Graduate student Amanda McGrory of Savoy placed second, with a time of 1:33:17. Susannah Scaroni, an Illinois alumnus, finished in third place at 1:33:17. And Chelsea McClammer, another U of I student, placed fifth with a time of 1:37:09.
The men’s wheelchair division was won by Marcel Hug. The Swiss athlete won the category for the third straight year at the Boston Marathon, setting a world’s best with a time of 1:18:04.
The winning times of Schar and Hug are considered “world’s best”, not “world record” times. The straight-line Boston course doesn't qualify for world records because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.
Former Illini athlete Josh George placed sixth in the men’s division with a time of 1:21:47.
Former Illini athletes Aaron Pike and James Senbeta finished 7th (1:22:09) and 12th (1:24:27) respectively.
Athletes with Illini ties who also placed in the top 25 in men’s wheelchair competition are Daniel Romanchunk in 16th place (1:26:26), Brian Siemann at 17th (1:26:46) and Illini wheelchair track head coach Adam Bleakney in 25th place (1:32:45).