Tatyana McFadden Triumphs With Gold-Medal Sweep In London

By Brianna Tammaro | July 19, 2017, 6:51 p.m. (ET)
Tatyana McFadden celebrates winning a gold medal in the women's 800m T54 final during day six of the World Para Athletics Championships at London Stadium on July 19, 2017 in London, England.

LONDON - Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) put the finishing touches on an unstoppable run Wednesday evening, sweeping four events with a win in the women's T54 800-meter at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. The U.S. currently sits first in the overall medal count and second in the gold-medal tally with 39 medals (15 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze).

With tonight's win, the five-time Paralympian secured her 16th world title after collecting gold in the 200, 400 and 1,500 earlier this week. Finishing with a time of 1:47.83, she was accompanied tonight by U.S. teammate Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) who took bronze in 1:49.64.

Jaleen Roberts (Spokane, Washington) leaped to her second medal of the championships, adding silver to her collection in the women’s T37 long jump. The 18-year-old set a personal best of 4.60 meters to secure second after winning bronze on Saturday in the 200.

Also stealing silver for her first medal of the championships was Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) in the women’s T53 400 after kicking it in in the final straightaway to cross the finish line in 55.50 seconds. McClammer is the world record-holder and Rio 2016 silver medalist in the event.

In the men’s T47 long jump, Tobi Fawehinmi (Arlington, Texas) added his second medal in London with a best jump of 7.03 on his opening attempt. The two-time Paralympian also won gold in the triple jump.

Other top-10 finishes:

Kym Crosby (Yuba City, California): T13 400, 4th place

Roderick Townsend (Stockton, California): T47 long jump, 4th place

Marshall Zackery (Ocala, Florida): T35 200, 4th place

Ayden Jent (Indianapolis, Indiana): T35 200, 5th place

Susannah Scaroni (Tekoa, Washington): T54 800, 6th place

Competition continues tomorrow at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and concludes Sunday, July 23.  


Tatyana McFadden

“This was my last race and I really just wanted to go out strong, enjoy the moment and give it my all, regardless of how I was going to finish. There’s such amazing support from the crowds, volunteers and great facilities so I’m just excited that I was able to be here and sad that it’s all ending.”

Jaleen Roberts

“I’m just very thankful for the Paralympics and that I found out about it because it gave me an outlet to focus on my abilities while also embracing my disability. I’m so appreciative to everyone who’s helped get me involved.”

Tobi Fawehinmi

“It was such a nostalgic moment to be back in London and four years from the Games. I got my first world medal that year after in Lyon so it feels great to be back on the podium in this event.”


With the launch of the "Olympic Channel: Home to Team USA," fans of Team USA can watch 12 hours of World Para Athletics Championships competition starting on Saturday, July 15 and continuing each day until the championships close on Sunday, July 23. Visit TeamUSA.org for air dates and times. A daily livestream of the championships is also available at Paralympic.org.


Full results from the World Para Athletics Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updated information during the event.