LONDON – Already a gold medalist in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the women’s 400m (T54), Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) dominated the 800m. She burst onto the track in the women’s 800m, dominating the entire race, finishing in 1.47.01 almost three seconds ahead of the second place finisher Edith Wolfe of Switzerland who turned in a time of 1.49.87.
“I have been training for these Games for 12 years,” two-time U.S. Paralympian McFadden, who won four silver and two bronze in Athens and Beijing. “I knew it would be a chase, I am glad I was able to stay strong the entire race.”
It is one of four medals won by the track and field team on Day 7.
Josh George (Herndon, Va.), who was the silver medalist in the men’s 800m T53 final in Beijing, ran a strong race tonight capturing the bronze in the 800m with a time of 1.41.50. American Brian Siemann (Millstone, N.J.) finished eighth with a time of 1.53.09.
“I finally ran as close to the race I’ve wanted to run as I have here in London,” George said.
A very competitive field took the track for the women’s 800m T53. Current world record holder Jessica Galli (Savoy, IL) sprinted hard for the finish, winning the bronze.
“This group is so fast,” said Galli. “I knew coming into this race it would be great for the crowds to watch tonight.” Teammates Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.), with 1.54.18, and Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pa.), with 1.54.48, finished sixth and seventh respectively.
The U.S. women finished third, fourth and fifth in the women’s 100m T52 final. Kerri Morgan (St. Louis, Mo.) took bronze with a 20.68. Cassie Mitchell (Warner, Okla.) ran a personal best to finish in fourth with a time of 20.86. Cheryl Leitner (Toms River, N.J.) ran a season’s best 21.64 finishing fifth.
Katie Sullivan (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) ran a solid race in the women’s 100mT42 final tonight taking sixth in 17.33. Retired U.S. Marine Angela Madsen (Long Beach, Calif.) finished fifth this evening in the women's javelin throw.
The U.S. relay team of Jerome Singleton (Greenwood, S.C.), Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.), Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.) and Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.) competed in the men’s 4x100m T42-46 relay. Team USA thought they had won the bronze medal but after the race, the Americans learned they had been disqualified.
Singleton, Blake and Browne were on the track earlier this evening for the men’s 100m T44 semi-final. Singleton finished second in his heat with a time of 11.46 qualifying him for tomorrow’s final. Teammates Leeper (11.34) and Browne (11.33) also finished second in their heats qualifying them for the final of the highly anticipated 100m finale as well.
The men’s 100m on Thursday night also features Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliviera and South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, who finished 1-2 in the 200m earlier this week. It is regarded by many as the marquee event of these Games.