2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Athlete: Tatyana McFadden

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Tatyana McFadden, a four-time Paralympian, made history in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as the only athlete to ever win four AbbottWMM in one year: London, Boston, Chicago and New York. In total, she has won 22 AbbottWMM in just 10 years of elite marathon racing. Not surprisingly, she won the inaugural 2016-17 AbbottWMM Series X championship title.

Name: Tatyana McFadden

Country of origin: United States

Residence: Champaign, IL

Standout races: McFadden, a 10-time U.S. Summer Paralympic track and field medalist and the only woman to win six gold medals in a single IPC World Championships, returns to capture her eighth consecutive Chicago Marathon victory and her ninth in the last 10 years. Her victory in 2016 made her the most accomplished champion in Chicago Marathon history.

McFadden made her marathon debut in Chicago in 2009, outsprinting her more seasoned competitors in the closest women’s wheelchair finish in Chicago Marathon history. McFadden’s 2017 season got off to a rocky start. She suffered from blood clots before the Boston Marathon and competed just a few weeks after having surgery. Although she set a new personal best, she finished off of the podium in fourth place after being undefeated since 2013. She skipped the World Para Athletic Championships marathon in London, but she made a valiant comeback on the track, winning four gold medals in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m.

She returned to the marathon in the fall, breaking her own course record in Chicago to finish first in 1:39:15. She started her 2018 season with a second place finish in Tokyo, a win in Boston, and a second place in London.

More about Tatyana McFadden: In 2014, McFadden astounded in a new sport: cross country skiing. She won a silver medal at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games and then 32 days later, she won the Boston Marathon (and one week later, she won London). In her wake, she has taken down course records in London (breaking her own course record in 2014), New York and Chicago.

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