Raymond Martin struck nothing but gold in the Paralympics.
The University of Illinois freshman finished his competition with four wins in four events by taking the wheelchair 200 meters Saturday at the London Olympic Stadium.
Martin's winning time in the 200, his favorite event, was a personal best 30.25 seconds. For the third time in the four races, Japan’s Tomoya Ito was second to Martin, who also won the 100, 400 and 800.
"It's my first Games, so I had no idea what to expect," Martin said. "Everything has been beyond my dreams. "It doesn't get better than this - a sold-out Olympic stadium. Just unreal."
Martin, from Jersey City, N.J., was born with a disorder known as arthrogryposis that affects joint flexibility from his ankles to his neck.
The other Illini Paralympic star, junior Tatyana McFadden, lost for the first time in her four races when two Chinese athletes bettered the old world record of 15.91 seconds in the wheelchair 100.
McFadden (16.15) finished third to Liu Wenjun (15.82) and Dong Hongjiao (15.86). She was pleased to have improved on a sixth place in the 100 at the 2008 Paralympics.
McFadden’s sister, Hannah, 16, was 8th in the final at 18.02.
"I've had a good week," Tatyana McFadden said.
The 23-year-old from Clarksville, Md., born with spina bifida, won gold in the 400, 800 and 1,500. In three Paralympic Games, she has three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
A two-time Chicago Marathon wheelchair winner, McFadden is to race the marathon as the 2012 Paralympics end Sunday.
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