WHEELCHAIR racing great Tatyana McFadden made a remarkable return following her battle with blood clots in her legs which affected the start of her season, winning three of a targeted four gold medals during the first four days of the championships.
The American had to undergo surgery in April but still raced the Boston Marathon. She finished fourth there but returned to winning ways in London, clocking 28.08 to claim the T54 200m title as her sister Hannah bagged bronze in 29.49 as part of a USA top three together with Cheri Madsen, before smashing the championship record with 3:25.23 for gold in the 1500m. That race saw her lead eight other athletes inside the previous record mark, which had also been set by McFadden in 2013.
Later that day she also claimed a 400m win in 53.74 and the 28-year-old is now set to contest the 800m in the UK capital.
“That was really tough, dealing with the blood clots and knowing that I had to stay calm and relaxed,” she said after her 1500m win.
“I had to dig deep from my heart. I could really feel that my body was tired.”
Tatyana McFadden: three golds in four days