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Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden wins ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability

In her sixth time up for the award, Tatyana McFadden wins ESPY for Best Female Athlete with a Disability.

Wheelchair marathoner Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville won the ESPY Award for Best Female Athlete with a Disability on Thursday night, the first such honor for the Atholton graduate.

McFadden has been nominated for the honor six times. Paralympic swimmer Becca Meyers of Timonium won the ESPY last year.

McFadden has won three straight wheelchair marathon grand slams and is halfway to her fourth, with wins in Boston and London this year. Chicago and New York come later this fall. McFadden became the first athlete to claim all four titles in a calendar year in 2013.

She also finished in the top 10 in three International Paralymic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships events last year — the 1-, 5- and 10-kilometer races — despite picking up the sport only in 2012.

In September, she will seek a haul of seven gold medals in 10 days at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She would be the first athlete to sweep every distance, from the 100 meters to the marathon, at the Paralympic Games.

Born with spina bifida, which left her paralyzed below the waist, McFadden spent the first six years of her life in a Russian orphanage before being adopted by Deborah McFadden and raised in Maryland.

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