McFADDEN HAPPY AT QUADRUPLE HAUL
AFTER claiming an impressive fourth world title in London, Tatyana McFadden admitted this year has been “a long journey” and one which she wasn’t sure would include world championships action.
The American wheelchair racing great has battled back after blood clots in her legs and having undergone a number of operations.
First she took the T54 200m title on Saturday before she won the 1500m and 400m on Monday. Finally, on Wednesday she added 800m gold to her haul with ease in 1:47.82.
“I am so proud of myself,” said McFadden, who finished more than a second and a half ahead of Switzerland’s Manuela Schär and her fellow American Amanda McGrory over two laps.
“I was a little nervous as I didn’t know if I could trust my body to be able to do it. I had surgery three months ago and had to focus on my recovery.
“All I wanted to do was to make it back to London because I love it here.”
Maria Lyle and Sammi Kinghorn secured further medal-winning success for GB that same day.
Lyle won her second medal in the T35 100m with 14.45 in a race won by Australia’s Isis Holt, who completed a sprint double with a world record 13.43, a metre up on China’s Xia Zhou’s Asian record 13.56.
Kinghorn’s bronze came in the T53 400m won by Chinese wheelchair racer Hongzhuan Zhou in a championship best of 55.22.
The fastest female Paralympian in the world, Omara Durand, won the day’s final race and the Cuban claimed the T12 100m title by five metres in 11.52.
She also won the nonmedal 200m and 400m events in fast times, her one-lap mark of 52.75 breaking the championship record.
Tatyana McFadden: overcame illness to win four gold medals in London
Maria Lyle: double bronze