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Tatyana McFadden wins New York City Marathon to complete second Grand Slam

Tatyana McFadden has an American flag draped over her shoulders after winning the women's wheelchair division in the New York City Marathon.
Tatyana McFadden has an American flag draped over her shoulders after winning the women's wheelchair division in the New York City Marathon. (Don Emmert, Getty Images)

Clarksville's Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, completing her second marathon Grand Slam.

With first-place finishes in London, Boston, Chicago and New York over the past two years, the 25-year-old Atholton graduate hasn't lost a marathon she has entered since 2012.

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Because of high winds Sunday, the start of the wheelchair competition was moved from Staten Island to Brooklyn, and McFadden finished the 23.2 miles in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 42 minutes, 16 seconds.

"I cannot believe that I have won eight marathons in a row," McFadden told reporters afterward. "This is absolutely incredible."

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Despite falling out of her chair near the end of the race, she won by 1:08.

"It was quite embarrassing, but I owned it at that moment and I got back in and took one look behind me to make sure the girls didn't catch me," said McFadden, who because of spina bifida was born paralyzed from the waist down.

She told reporters she next plans to race in the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon in Japan on Nov. 9.

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