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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

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