McFadden Takes Another Chicago Marathon

October 09, 2016
 
Tatyana McFadden competing in the 2009 Paralympic World Cup

Tatyana McFadden competing in the 2009 Paralympic World Cup

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Just weeks after winning six medals at the Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Tatyana McFadden has taken her fifth straight Chicago Marathon and seventh overall. She won the race Sunday in a time of 1:42:28. The University of Illinois graduate can pursue a fourth marathon 'grand slam', with wins earlier this year in Boston and London.

In a post on Sunday on Instagram with her sister Hannah, McFadden cited the short amount of time she had to train (6 weeks) after Rio.

"I didn't know how my body would respond today," McFadden said. "It came down to a final sprint with Manuela Schär just edging her out for a first place win. It was amazing to have a win here back at home."

Paralympians and sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden wave to the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Baltimore.

Photo Credit: Gail Burton/Associated Press

Also finishing in the top ten among athletes from the U of I were Amanda McGrory (3rd) and Susannah Scaroni (5th.)

In the men's wheelchair race, Josh George finished third, Aaron Pike fifth, and James Senbeta finished seventh.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men's wheelchair title in 1:32:57 to edge defending champion Kurt Fearnley of Australia.

Story source: WILL