tatyana mcafadden paralympics

Clarksille's Tatyana McFadden finished second in her heat of the 100-meter race at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She advances to the finals as does her younger sister, Hannah. (Photo courtesy of London2012.com / September 8, 2012)

Tatyana McFadden is three-for-three at the 2012 Paralympics in London. Friday evening the Atholton graduate won her third goal medal, this one coming in the 1,500-meter race. McFadden, who was born with spina bifida, competes in the T54 classification.

"The 1,500 is not my event," McFadden told Philip Hersh of the Tribune Newspapers. "It is out of my range. I'm still shocked that I won."

The 1,500 final was nearly a photo finish, with McFadden holding off Switzerland's Edith Cook, the 5,000 gold medalist, 3:36.42 to 3:36.78. American Shirley Reilly was third (3:37.03).

"Wow! Third gold medal win tonight. I am speechless," McFadden wrote on her Facebook page. "Thank you, thank you all for your support. Truly blessed."


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Tatyana and her younger sister, Hannah, who is also competing in the Paralympics, have already written their name in record books as the only siblings to be in the same Paralympics.

Tonight, they have a chance to make more history.

Earlier today, both have qualified for the T54 finals in the 100. Hannah, 16, was fourth in her first-round heat. Her time was 18.23. Tatyana, 23, was second in her heat in 16.53.

Regardless of what happens in the 100 final, Tatyana competes again in the marathon.

Of the seven gold medals American paralympians had won as of Friday night, three belonged to Tatyana McFadden.