Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden rolled into the record books, as she became the first person to win all four major marathons in one year (Boston, London, Chicago and New York). She cruised to victory in Sunday’s New York City Marathon with a time just under two hours, nearly four minutes ahead of Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida.
McFadden is thrilled with her milestone win. “This marathon really closed out my season, so just to win it, you know, it’s an incredible feeling,” she told a Baltimore CBS affiliate.
Former Paralympic champion Linda Mastandrea says McFadden’s feat is a phenomenal. “She has proven to be really in a class by herself,” she says. “She is a dedicated and committed athlete but also an outspoken advocate for disability rights.” Mastandrea adds that this accomplishment will definitely shine a light on the power of Paralympic sport.
Born with spina bifida, McFadden spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage. In 1994, Deborah McFadden, then a commissioner for the US Health Department, adopted Tatyana and brought her to Baltimore.
McFadden, a triple gold medalist in the 2012 London Games, will compete in cross-country skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.