With Another Boston Marathon Win, Tatyana McFadden Begins Pivot Toward Rio Paralympics

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 0:48 AM

If Monday’s fourth-straight Patriots Day win was any indication, opponents better look out. By her own barometer, McFadden is already well positioned to attain her Phelpsian-like goal of winning seven gold medals in a 10-day span at the Rio two thousand sixteen Paralympic Games this Sept — which would create her the first athlete to sweep every distance from the 100-meter to the marathon at the Paralympic Games.

With Another Boston Marathon Win, Tatyana McFadden Begins Pivot Toward Rio Paralympics

BOSTON — Going into Monday’s one hundred-twentieth Boston Marathon, Tatyana McFadden said competing in major marathons is simply preparation for her ultimate finish line: the Paralympic Games. If Monday’s fourth-straight Patriots Day win was any indication, opponents better watch out.

By her own barometer, McFadden is already well positioned to attain her Phelpsian-like goal of winning seven gold medals in a 10-day span at the Rio two thousand sixteen Paralympic Games this Sept — which would create her the first athlete to sweep every distance from the one hundred-meter to the marathon at the Paralympic Games.

“It’s going to be quite a active week, but I’m really, really looking forward to it,” McFadden said after winning Monday’s race in first hour, forty-two minutes, sixteen seconds. “I like racing so much that I hope I can keep it together nicely. Training has been very, very tough. I did Boston and then (I’ll do) London and then switch back over to track. So it’s been a really high intensity competing schedule but that’s all in preparation for Rio.”

The 11-time Paralympic medalist finished ahead of Manuela Schar of Switzerland (1:43:30) and Wakako Tsuchida of Japan (1:43:34) on Monday. The win kicked off McFadden’s tender for a fourth straight wheelchair marathon grand smack — Boston, London, Chicago and New York. McFadden became the first athlete to claim all four titles in a calendar year in two thousand-thirteenth and then repeated it in two thousand-fourteenth and 2015.

On Monday, Tsuchida got off to a blistering start as McFadden hung back, nervous to get the downhill piece of the race too fast.

“I’m love grandma going downhill, but I'm getting better,” McFadden joked.

Despite falling behind early, McFadden said she told herself to relax around mi five or six. Once again, McFadden used the memory of the two thousand thirteen Boston Marathon bombing as motivation. For the third year in a row, she wore a Team MR8 bib in honor of the 8-year-old boy, Martin Richards, who was killed in the bombing. She high-fived Martin’s father at the finish line.

McFadden never looked back after taking the lead around mi nine, and she only further separated herself from the pack after climbing the Newton Hills.

“I had a tiny bit of a coarse start, but I'd to recollect the reason I’m racing,” McFadden told NBC Sports shortly after crossing the line, “and it’s to hold the city lively and for MR8. And that’s the reason I’m here.”

While McFadden once again wore her MR8 jersey in lieu of her normal sponsor-laden jersey, the Paralympic winner is fast to recognize the importance of sponsors. The BMW-sponsored athlete said she couldn’t wait for the automobile juggernaut to officially release its new racing chair for the U. S. Paralympics Track & Field Team.

“I tell everyone it looks love a bat mobile, and I’m love superwoman in it,” she said. “Technological advancements are important, and that’s why sponsorships are so crucial for us.”

The carbon fiber chair will be a enormous boon for McFadden as she attempts to sweep seven events — 100, four hundred, eight hundred, 1.500, 5.000, 4x400 and the marathon — at the Paralympic Games. McFadden has never won the Paralympic marathon and said it'll by distant be her toughest test in Rio.

“At that point I'll have already ran thirteen races — (including) prelims and finals — and that'll be coming up to my fourteenth event,” she said. “It’s a long week; it’s an emotional week, the weather will be quite warm, so that'll be taken into consideration.

“So I've to really believe in myself and hopefully create the country proud.”

U. S. runners Neely Spence Gracey and Sarah Crouchbriefly jumped out to an early lead in the women’s elite race before falling behind the group. Born on Marathon Monday in one thousand nine hundred-ninetieth, Gracey ultimately finished ninth in 2:35:00 in her marathon debut. Grovel finished eleventh in 2:37:36.

“We were saying, ‘Wow we're leading the Boston Marathon, we necessity to get this in and relish the moment,’” said Gracey, whose father, Steve Spence, won the one thousand nine hundred ninety-two U. S. Olympic marathon trails. “We knew the race was going to obtain going so we were able to work well together out there.”

Zachary Hine, a native of S Hadley, Massachusetts, was the first U. S. man across the line. He finished tenth in 2:21:37.

“It’s really special,” said Hine, who's battled injuries since running Boston in two thousand-eleventh. “I’ve had texts and calls on my phone blowing up since I’ve finished. To have a grand race in Boston is something I’ve been hoping for.

“To finally have it work out this year it’s definitely special.”

Ian Burrell finished thirteenth in the men’s race at 2:22:22. James Senbeta was the best U. S. men’s wheelchair finisher. He clocked a time of 1:26:19 to get fifth place.



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