U.S. wheelchair racers set historic eight world records at Swiss Series

By Brianna Tammaro | June 05, 2015, 1 p.m. (ET)
Raymond Martin celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold Men's 800 meter T52 final on day 9 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium on Sep. 7, 2012 in London, England.

ARBON, Switzerland — Five athletes rewrote the record books after breaking world marks at the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial race Thursday in Arbon, Switzerland. The Swiss Series wheelchair racing event featured record performances from Paralympians Ray Martin (Champaign, Illinois), Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland), Josh George (Champaign, Illinois), Brian Siemann (Champaign, Illinois) and Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Washington).
After winning marathon world titles in April, Martin (T52) and McFadden (T54) led the way on the track for Team USA with three records each — the maximum number of races athletes could enter. Four-time Paralympic champion Martin had dominating performances in the men’s 100-meter (16.46), 400 (55.19) and 1,500 (3:29.79) to extend his hold on IPC records.
McFadden, an 11-time Paralympic medalist, cut her own world mark by five seconds in the women’s 1,500 with a time of 3:13.27. She also victoriously crossed the finish line in the 800 (1:42.72) and broke the previous record set at the 2004 Paralympic Games by Canada’s Chantal Peticleric in the 400 by .01 second, coming in at 51.90. Four-time Paralympian McFadden returned to the track last week, winning five races at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland.
Smashing the 5,000 record in the women’s T53/54 classes was 2008 Paralympian McClammer who shaved more than six seconds off McFadden's 2014 record to finish with a time of 11:04.54. She was also a part of an American sweep in the women’s 1,500 with first place McFadden and third place Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania).
Five-time Paralympic medalist and marathon world champion Josh George (T53) and 2012 Paralympian Brian Siemann (T53) put on a show for the Swiss spectators with an exciting race to the finish in the men’s 800. Both athletes came in under world-record time but George escaped with the title, narrowly defeating his teammate by two-tenths of a second to cross the line in 1:34.43.
Competition continues Saturday and Sunday with Swiss Open Nationals in Arbon, the final leg of the Swiss Racing Series.
Full results from the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial race and other Swiss Series events can be found here.
Team USA will head home after next week’s IPC Grand Prix event for the 2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships taking place June 19-21 in St. Paul, Minnesota at Hamline University. The selection event for the IPC Athletics World Championships and Parapan American Games teams will feature more than 200 U.S. athletes, including multiple reigning world champions. More information on the event can be found on USParalympics.org