Tatyana McFadden competes in the T54 Women’s Marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 5, 2021 in Tokyo.
In the T54 women’s marathon, Tatyana McFadden, 20-time Paralympic medalist and 22-time marathon world champion, was the top American in fifth place. McFadden, the event’s silver medalist in 2016, finished the course in 1:40:14.
“The conditions were wet and there were areas where I could have played a lot smarter during the race, but it was a great race overall,” said McFadden. “I started to slide on the slopes overall, and it was really wet, but it’s part of the road race and the challenge, and I love the challenges.
Three-time Paralympian Susannah Scaroni, who won gold in the 5000 and bronze in the 800, came out of the field early in the race and led by over a minute at the halfway point, effectively rounding corners and controlling his breathing. But she ceded her lead to eventual Australian champion Madison de Rozario with around 3,000 meters to go and eventually finished sixth in 1:41:04, one place more than in 2016 and two more places than in 2012.
“I wanted to get out and not be in nobody’s wet draft, and I know I can keep up a steady pace for a while, so I wanted to push the others and try to be efficient the whole way, and I was until I really slowed down. in miles 24-26, “she said.” It’s the risk you take, but I wanted to put everything I had there down, and I couldn’t be happier. “
Jenna Fesemyer was 11th in her Paralympic debut in 1:50:06, and Amanda McGrory was 15th in 1:57:11 in what likely marked her last Paralympic race after competing in four Games.
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