No beauty for 'Beast' McFadden
the olympic stadium
Sunday 09 September 2012
"The Beast" was back on the track in the Olympic Stadium last night. Tatyana McFadden shares her nickname with Yohan Blake and, just like the Jamaican sprinter, when it came to her 100m final in the main London 2012 arena, the Russian-born American wheelchair racer had to settle for a minor medal.
In the Olympic men's 100m final, Blake was beaten by his training partner Usain Bolt. In the women's T54 100m final, McFadden couldn't cope with her two Chinese rivals. Liu Wednjun powered to victory in a world record 15.82sec and was followed home by Dong Hongjao. McFadden took the bronze medal in 16.15sec. She was joined in the final by her 16-year-old sister, Hannah McFadden, who finished eighth in 18.02sec.
Still, big sister already has gold in the bag from the 1500m, 800m and 400m. And this morning she goes for gold number four in the marathon.
It is because of her competitive work ethic that McFadden is known as "the Beast". She was born with spina bifida and abandoned, spending the first six years of her life in a St Petersburg orphanage before being adopted by visiting American Debbie McFadden.
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