Tatyana McFadden wins 2014 Boston Marathon

By Associated Press | April 21, 2014, 11 a.m. (ET)
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Tatyana McFadden won the 2014 Boston Marathon today, marking her second straight victory in the race.

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Tatyana McFadden crosses the finish line at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

BOSTON — Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon for the second straight year on Monday, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 6 seconds. She pushed past runner-up Tsuchida Wakako of Japan near the halfway point, and then cruised to another title.

McFadden celebrated her 25th birthday Monday and listened as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played on Boylston Street one year after the bombings that left three dead and more than 260 injured. She won last year’s race just moments before the attack.

“It was definitely a great birthday present,” McFadden said on Universal Sports, which had a live broadcast of the race . “The last climb, around mile 23, my arms started to shake. I could feel the exhaustion.”

McFadden wore the name of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy killed in last year’s bombing, on her singlet.

“I run for Martin,” she said. “I run for his family. I run for any others who were affected by the bombing last year.”

The four-time U.S. Paralympian capped off last year by winning the New York City Marathon women's wheelchair race after taking the titles in Boston, London and Chicago, becoming the first to win a marathon grand slam. The 2014 Boston Marathon title is her second marathon title of the year. She won the London Marathon with a course record earlier this month.  

McFadden, born in Russia but adopted as a child, is a three-time U.S. Paralympian in track and field who recently competed in cross-country skiing at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, winning a silver medal just a year after picking-up the sport.