Countdown to Lyon: McFadden races for six individual medals

By Jamie M. Blanchard | July 14, 2013, 10 a.m. (ET)
Tatyana McFaddenTatyana McFadden won four gold medals at the 2011 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships.

When sprinter David Prince was asked about teammate Tatyana McFadden during the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, he simply said “She’s a beast.”

It was no overstatement.

At the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships, McFadden has entered six individual events, an increase from the five that she competed in at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where she won three gold medals and a bronze medal.

“When you’re a runner, you choose to sprint or do distance,” said Prince, who holds two world records in the T44 class. “Tatyana does everything. She does the marathon down to the 100m and she can win any of them. That is incredible.”

McFadden will not compete in the marathon at the world championships, an event she looked to medal in during the Games before a flat tire dashed her hopes. Earlier this year, McFadden won the Boston Marathon and the London Marathon in the same week.

With six days until the men’s shot put F12 kicks-off the world championship competition July 20, take a look at the six individual races that McFadden, a T54 wheelchair racer, will pursue in Lyon. McFadden is also entered in the women’s 4x400m T53/54 relay with Cheri Madsen, Chelsea McClammer, Hannah McFadden, Amanda McGrory and Shirley Reilly.

Women’s 100-meters (T54)

McFadden is currently ranked second in the women’s 100-meter race, behind Finland’s Amanda Kotaja, who clocked a 16.75 last month. A bronze medalist in the women’s 100m T54 at the most recent Paralympic Games, McFadden clocked a 16.90 at the national championships in San Antonio on June 16. McFadden raced a 16.02 in May 2012.

Women’s 200-meters (T54)

McFadden is the defending world champion in the 200m. With a time of 30.03 at a competition in May 2013 in Indianapolis, Ind., she remains the one to beat, with second ranked Kotaja only running a 30.35 this year. McFadden did not compete in the 200m in London but won silver at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and bronze at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

Women’s 400-meters (T54)

Both the defending Paralympic Games and world championship gold medalist in the 400m, McFadden also holds the No. 1 ranking the race with a time of 54.71. No. 2 Diane Roy of Canada finished in 56.94 last month at a race in her home country.

Women’s 800-meters (T54)

Switzerland’s Edith Wolf holds the No. 1 ranking in the 800m with a time of 1:15.19 but second ranked McFadden is not far behind, finishing with 1:51.55 in Indianapolis. During the Swiss Series in May 2012, McFadden raced a 1:46.97, a time she looks to better in Lyon. She is the defending Paralympic and world champion in the 800m.

Women’s 1500-meters (T54)

While she won the gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in the 1500m, it is weakest race for McFadden this season. With a time of 3:42.14, 20 seconds slower than her mark at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials – Track and Field, McFadden is currently No. 11 in the world rankings. Wolf is No. 1 with a 3:29.69.

Women’s 5000-meters (T54)

McFadden does not often race the 5000m, never winning a major international medal in the event. Currently No. 4 in the world, McFadden clocked an 11:58.15 in the 5000m this year.