McFadden Takes Another Chicago Marathon
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."
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.