McFadden sets two world records at Indy International

By Katie Branham | June 29, 2014, 6:02 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Tatyana McFadden set two world records on a record-breaking day of action the Indy International at Michael A. Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday.

After setting American T54 5,000-meter record of 11:23.88 on Thursday at the Fast Cow Invitational held at the same location, McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) led the way for the fastest women’s T54 race ever recorded. All six women in the race finished faster than the previous world record, with McFadden breaking the tape in 11:10.78.

After McFadden, it was Manuela Schar of Switzerland in second place in 11:11.98. Chelsea McClammer narrowly edged Amanda McGrory, both of Champaign, Illinois, to take third place by only seven-hundredths of a second in 11:14.41. Other athletes in the fast field included Susanna Scaroni (Champaign, Illinois) in 11:14.79, along with Great Britain’s Jade Jones and Shelly Woods dipping under the previous world record of 11:16.96.

In the afternoon session, McFadden returned to claim her second world record of the day in the T54 1,500 in 3:18.73.

To celebrate her 14th birthday, Alexa Halko (Edmond, Oklahoma) set two American records in the prelims of the 100 (19.76) and 800m (2:17.29) Then in the afternoon she returned to better her own 800m record to 2:15.98.

The lone men’s record to fall came from the men’s T54 100, as Erik Hightower (Phoenix, Arizona) broke his own American record from 2010 as he crossed the line in 14.21.