MAG­NIF­I­CENT McFAD­DEN

Athletics Weekly - - Action -

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

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