20 Apr

Illness Denies McFadden Historic Fifth Title Bid

Defending women’s wheelchair champion Tatyana McFadden has been forced to pull out of Sunday’s (23 April) the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

The American has won the last four London Marathons and was aiming to become the first athlete in the event’s history to win five consecutive titles on the famous 26.2-mile route. The multi-Paralympic medalist was crowned the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors women’s wheelchair champion following the Boston Marathon on Monday (17 April), despite a fourth-place finish at a race she had won in every year since 2013.

Despite recording her fastest time on the Boston course, McFadden’s fourth place on Monday was her lowest marathon finish since she was ninth in the London 2012 Paralympic Marathon.

She has been hospitalised twice in the last two months with life-threatening blood clots in her legs and with only six days to recover from Boston has decided to pull out of the London race for health reasons.

“In February, I was diagnosed with blood clots in my legs and admitted to hospital for an operation,” McFadden explained to virginmoneylondonmarathon.com. “I am bitterly disappointed not to be coming back to defend my London title and try for a fifth victory but I have to listen to my body and Monday’s race told me it is just not ready to take on two such challenging events and a long-haul flight.”