Tatyana McFadden wins fouth-consecutive New York City marathon


Tatyana McFadden, of Champaign, Illinois, wins the women’s wheelchair division of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2013.

By The Daily Illini sports staff

Illinois’ Tatyana McFadden won yet another New York City Marathon in the women’s wheelchair race Sunday morning.

It is her fourth-consecutive title in the four major races, and she finished in one hour, 47 minutes and 43 seconds. She completed the Grand Slam by winning in London, Boston, Chicago and New York.

McFadden won her first major marathon in Chicago in 2009. She became the first athlete — able-bodied or otherwise — to win all four major marathons in the same year in 2013. She repeated the task in 2014 and 2015.

McFadden was coming off an impressive performance at the Rio Paralympics, where she finished with six medals — with four gold and two silver. She now has 17 medals as a five-time U.S. Paralympian in track and Nordic skiing.

She recently served as grand marshal for Illinois’ 2016 Homecoming Parade.

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