Paralympians McFadden and Romanchuk finish on podium at London Marathon


Tatyana McFadden prepares for the start of the Women’s Marathon – T54 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk continued their tour of the world’s most prestigious marathons with two more podiums on Sunday.

Just a week after the two Paralympic wheelchair runners won a medal at the Berlin Marathon, they took to the streets of London for that race’s return. Romanchuk won his second straight silver medal while McFadden won bronze, fractions of a second behind silver.

Wrote McFadden on Instagram: “It’s been about 890 days since the last @londonmarathon and it was so good to be back. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day here and a sprint to finish in third place today. So wonderful to see everyone today. Now less than a week away from the @chimarathon.

McFadden, who made his Paralympic debut at the age of 15 in 2004 and has competed in a total of five Paralympic Games and one Paralympic Winter Games with 20 medals, finished Sunday with a time of 1:44:51 . The sprint she described was between herself, second place Merle Menje from Germany and fourth place Nikita den Boer from the Netherlands. All three kept practically identical gaits throughout the race.

Switzerland’s Manuela Schar won gold for the second week in a row with a time of 1:39:52, while McFadden, 32, and Menje, 17, crossed the line with the same time. Den Boer finished in 1: 44.54.

Jenna Fesemyer (ninth) and Michelle Wheeler (11th) also finished in the top 12 for the United States.

Romanchuk, now a two-time Paralympian from Mt. Airy, Md., Won silver again behind Switzerland’s Marcel Hug. Hug finished in 1:26:27 with 23-year-old Romanchuk, arriving three minutes later with a time of 1:29:27. Briton David Weir was third in 1:31:34 and five-time American Paralympian Aaron Pike was just off the podium in fifth with a time of 1:31:36.

Romanchuk, who won his first Paralympic gold in the 400-meter this summer, also took home a prize of $ 6,500 at the Abbott World Marathon Majors Flying 400, a timed 400-meter sprint just past the 20-kilometer mark near the Tower Bridge in London. Romanchuk was the fastest in 42 seconds.

Schar and Hug both set new course records.

It was the first time the London Marathon had taken place in the fall. It was last held in person in the spring of 2019 and was virtual last year, with participants running their own classes. This year’s event still had a virtual option, although over 40,000 people attended in person.

The Chicago Marathon, also back for the first time since 2019, will take place next Sunday.


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