Illinois alumna wins fifth Boston Marathon


Brenton Tse

McFadden accepted the honor of being this year’s Homecoming Grand Marshall.

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

Illinois alumna Tatyana McFadden won her fifth Boston Marathon race with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 39 seconds.

The Paralympic athlete raced through the rainy Boston streets Monday morning to take home the women’s wheelchair race trophy.

McFadden reclaimed the honor after losing last year’s race where she was battling blood clots. From 2013-2016, McFadden won four straight Boston Marathons.

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McFadden now has a total of 17 Paralympic medals. She has competed in both the summer and winter games from 2004-2016, where she won seven gold medals.

While attending the University, McFadden competed on the women’s wheelchair basketball team, as well as the track and field team. She graduated in 2014 with a degree in human development and family studies.


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