Before violence and tragedy struck the Boston Marathon this week, Clarksville’s Tatyana McFadden won the women’s wheelchair division at the iconic race.
McFadden, who won gold medals at the 2012 London Paralympics in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,500 meter races, posted on her Facebook page shortly after the bombing in Boston Monday that she was okay, her family was safe, asking that all, “Please pray for those who were affected by the bomb and pray for their families and friends as well.”
Earlier today, she posted that while planning to race in the upcoming London Marathon this weekend that she and her teammates “will run in London with prayers in our hearts for all affected by the tragedy in Boston.”
McFadden was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with spina bifida in 1989, and was later adopted by her mom, Deborah McFadden.
Baltimore magazine profiled McFadden in September 2012, shortly before the London Paralympics.