LONDON - Day four of the World Para Athletics Championships featured a pair of medals for Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) and a dominating win for triple jumper Tobi Fawehinmi (Arlington, Texas) at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Team USA packed the podium with 10 medals to bring its event-leading total to 29.
With her eyes set on claiming world titles in all four of her events, McFadden sealed her second and third golds of the world championships, with only the 800 remaining in her four-event sweep. In the T54 1,500-meter, McFadden improved her championship record set in 2013 in Lyon, France, to 3:25.23, while teammate Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) followed closely behind in 3:25.43 to take silver. McFadden followed up with her third gold of the championships, going 53.74 in the T54 400, while teammate Cheri Madsen (Nebraska City, Nebraska) earned bronze (55.05).
In the T47 triple jump, Fawehinmi convincingly jumped to the first world title of his career. His season-best mark of 14.88 meters was more than one meter farther than his next closest competitor. Michael Brannigan (Northport, New York) ran to the gold medal in the T20 1,500, setting a new world championship record in a time of 3:53.05 and claiming his second consecutive crown in the event.
Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) and Kym Crosby (Yuba City, California) each captured their second medal of the championships. Halko raced to the silver in the T34 800 (2:03.49), while Crosby’s personal-best 12.18 in the T13 100 earned her the bronze.
Team USA concluded the evening by grabbing multiple medals in the T43 400, with Hunter Woodhall (Syracuse, Utah) and AJ Digby (Tontogany, Ohio) taking home silver and bronze, in times of 47.23 and 47.56.
Other top-10 finishes:
Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington): T54 1,500, 4th place
Austin Pruitt (Greenacres, Washington): T34 400, 4th place
Nick Rogers (Bingham, Maine): T43 400, 4th place
Desmond Jackson (Durham, North Carolina): T42 100, 5th place
David Prince (Powder Springs, Georgia): T44 400, 6th place
Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland): T54 800, 6th place
Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland): T54 400, 7th place
Regas Woods (Dunnellon, Florida): T42 100, 7th place
Kaitlin Bounds (Russellville, Arkansas): T20 1,500, 8th place
Michael Murray (Nashville, Tennessee): T20 400, 8th place
“It feels great. It’s a blessing to come out here and represent our country to the fullest. It’s really nostalgic that I was here in 2012 and now I’m back in 2017. It’s just a blessing to be here. All the people out there giving us the energy and support - there’s nothing like the feeling.”
“That was really tough, dealing with the blood clots (in my legs) and knowing that I had to stay calm and relaxed. I had to dig deep from my heart. I could really feel that my body was tired. But it is an awesome start to the championships. It is great to get a kind of mini-sweep (for the Americans).”
“Felt pretty great. It’s my first international medal at the adult level. It’s a whole different ballgame up here. Trying to go out and give it my best and I did. I don’t think it was the best race I could have done but it was good enough. You can learn so much going into the future years, that’s the biggest thing I learned.
“I think we made a strong statement in Rio coming out as a trio, and we knew it was going to be tough to do again. But at the same time, when you know your teammates are two of the strongest women in the world, it’s to your advantage to work with them and try to make something happen. I wish Chelsea (McClammer) was up here with us, but two out of three’s not bad.”
“It’s been an amazing experience. I have one more race and I just have to say focused and do it all again, but hopefully a better placing. I’m going for that gold.”