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Tatyana McFadden named USATF Athlete of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS - University of Illinois senior Tatyana McFadden has been named USATF Athlete of the Week winning the pushrim wheelchair division at the New York City Marathon.

In the five-borough race, McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) crossed the line in 1:59:13, three-and-a-half minutes ahead of runner-up Wakako Tsuchida of Japan. McFadden’s New York City Marathon victory has capped an incredible year. The 24-year-old has completed the Grand Slam of marathons winning Boston, London, Chicago and last week, New York City. 

Adopted at age 6, she was born with spina bifida in St. Petersburg, Russia.  “I love sports and I love competing,” said McFadden in an NBC News interview before the race.  “Any tough day that I have now, I have to think, ‘I’ve been through tougher.’  This is going to be a breeze.”

McFadden now turns her focus to the Nordic Skiing World Cup where she’ll hone her skills on the snow with her sights squarely focused on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. 

Now in its 12th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2013 Winners: January 9, Bobby Mack; January 16, Mary Cain; January 22, Ajeé Wilson; January 30, Duane Solomon; February 6, Chris Derrick; February 13, Jeremy Taiwo; February 20, Alysia Montaño; February 27, Galen Rupp; March 6, Jenn Suhr; March 13, Tia Brooks; March 20, Bridget Franek; March 27, Ben True; April 3, Darvis “Doc” Patton; April 10, Octavious Freeman; April 24, Erik Kynard; May 1, Queen Harrison; May 8, Tyson Gay; May 15, Jon Olsen; May 22, Mary Cain; May 29, Michael Tinsley; June 5, Mary Cain; June 12, Brianna Rollins; June 26, Brianna Rollins; July 3, Thomas Burns; July 10, Ryan Whiting; July 17, William Bell. Sr.; July 24, Jenny Simpson; July 31, Tia Jones; August 14, Brittney Reese; August 21, LaShawn Merritt; August 28, Megan Glasmann; September 4, Matt Tegenkamp; September 11, Mandy Ortiz; September 18, David Oliver; September 25, Molly Huddle; Desi Davila, October 3, Kathryn Martin, October 10; Michael Mannozzi, October 17; Matt Flaherty, October 24; Kelly Calway, October 30; Tatyana McFadden, November 7.

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