Tatyana McFadden did something Sunday that no other elite wheelchair athlete has done.
By capturing a victory at Sunday’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a women’s course record (1:42:35), McFadden became the first one to win three major marathons in a season.
This spring she won the Boston and London marathons within the same week.
But forget the triple crown. The University of Illinois alum goes for the quadruple crown at the New York City Marathon on Nov. 3.
“It really came down to a sprint,” said McFadden, who finished two seconds ahead of Manuela Scher. “I didn’t even know what was happening. My muscle memory was there and I knew I needed to go. The crowd just took me forward. It was extremely tough.”
McFadden overcame some blurry vision coming up the final stretch going 13 miles per hour with a strong headwind in her face. This was McFadden’s third consecutive Chicago Marathon win.
“I really tested my body and needed to give 110 percent,” she said.
Noted Ernst Van Dyk, the top male finisher in 1:30:37, “Tatyana is setting up for a record that is going to take a long time to be broken. I am really impressed by it.”
Randy Burt of Antioch is one of eight runners who have run in all 36 Chicago Marathons. The 66-year-old Burt finished the course in 4:02:45 on Sunday.
“It is great to see everyone each year,” Burt said.
Ron Williams of Downers Grove is another member of this special group. He finished in 6:09:02.
U.S. Olympian Matt Tegenkamp made his marathon debut on Sunday. He finished 10th overall in 2:12:28 and called his experience “interesting.” Tegenkamp had a couple of running buddies help him stay on focus but he also looked to the course for help at times.
“I would look for balloons on buildings or aid stations ahead, focus on that and push through to that point,” said Tegenkamp, who ran in the 10,000m at the 2012 London Olympics and the 5,000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “I wanted to give whatever effort I could. I knew I was going to make to the finish line.”
By the numbers:
Of the 45,000 who registered for the race, a record 40,230 made it to the start line and a Chicago Marathon-record 39,115 finished. … The official race-time start temperature was 52 degrees.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.