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Monday, April 14, 2014

Tatyana McFadden takes women's wheelchair London Marathon 2014 title just weeks after Sochi success

By Paul Osborne at the Tower Hotel in London | Inside The Games | April 13, 2014

April 13 - Tatyana McFadden dominated the women's wheelchair race at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon today just weeks after taking silver on the slopes of Sochi, while Marcel Hug claimed the men's title ahead of Britain's David Weir. 

American McFadden set a new course record of 1 hour 45min 11sec on her way to defending her London Marathon title, beating nearest rival Manuela Schär of Switzerland by more than a minute-and-a-half.

"I did a lot of work in the team," said McFadden.

"I was nervous, but I was not in my chair for three weeks.

"It was a tough race, but I stayed calm and relaxed and I tried to use the downhills as much as I could."

The 24-year-old is fresh from her remarkable silver medal in the one kilometre sit-ski event at Sochi 2014, adding to the 10 Paralympic medals she has won at the Summer Games.

She dominated the 2013 marathon season, picking up wins in Boston, London, New York City and Chicago to become the first athlete - disabled or able-bodied - to triumph in all four major marathons in a single year.

The three-time gold medallist at London 2012 then added six gold medals at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Lyon to round off the year.


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