Tatyana McFadden Makes History by Winning First Women's Wheelchair 'Grand Slam'

Alex KayCorrespondent INovember 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03:  Tatyana McFadden of the United States crosses the fininsh line first in the Womens Wheelchair division during the 2013 ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Tatyana McFadden made history at the New York City Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first woman to win four major marathons for wheelchair contestants in one calendar year.

According to Wayne Coffey of the New York Daily News, she finished the New York City event in one hour, 59 minutes and 13 seconds, completing her unprecedented Grand Slam in 2013.

The 24-year-old had previously broken the ribbon in Boston back in April, in London a week later and in Chicago—her third straight victory in the Windy City—in October before powering her way to victory on Sunday.

McFadden admitted that the competition was fierce, telling Coffey, “I was pretty nervous. I knew that the girls were going to be really strong . . . So for this race, I knew it was going to take strength and endurance and power.”

However, she won the race in a dominant fashion, edging out second-place finisher Wakako Tscuchida (2:02.54) by 3 minutes and 41 seconds to cap off this historic feat. Manuela Schar came in third with a time of two hours, three minutes and 53 seconds.

McFadden reflected on the feat after the race and noted that she was once a tad worried that she would not be able to win in New York for the second time in her life, as per Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun:

I've had an incredible year, especially with the track season and with the marathon season…I was nervous because in Chicago, I was very fatigued. I had an injury, a rib injury, which I kept pretty quiet, but I saw the chiropractor, and it was fine. It was healed. I was nervous that the pains were going to come back for this race. The training the past couple of weeks were really good, so I felt confident. And whatever happened, I told myself on Sunday, I did everything that I could do.

But it seems that when she puts her mind to something, she is fully capable of completing that task. She set out to accomplish a feat that had never been done by a woman in the history of marathon racing and did it, proving that she is as great a competitor as they come.

According to Walker, McFadden is now training for the upcoming Winter Paralympics in her native Russia. Her mother met her at an orphanage while on an aid mission to the country and adopted her at the age of six, bringing her home to Maryland.

Considering the superstar athlete won a national championship last year in cross-country skiing after just a month of training, McFadden is definitely worth keeping an eye on during the upcoming Winter Paralympic Games.