Tatyana McFadden wins her first gold of Rio Paralympics

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If Tatyana McFadden gets better as the distances get longer, then she’s lining up to win five or six gold medals in Rio.

McFadden captured her first gold Sunday, winning the T54 400m in 53.30 seconds, her second event of seven total at these Games. It came two days after McFadden opened her daunting seven-event slate with silver in the 100m, her shortest race.

Cheri Madsen, a 2000 Paralympic champion in this event, took silver in 54.50, the first Paralympic medal in 16 years for the 39-year-old.

McFadden’s remaining events are the 800m, 1500m, 5000m, marathon and the 4x400m relay. McFadden swept the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m at the 2013 IPC World Championships but is best known for her marathon prowess.

She won the wheelchair divisions of the Boston, London, Chicago and New York City Marathons in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

McFadden’s back story is well-known in Paralympic and marathon circles. She was born in Russia paralyzed from the waist down due to spina bifida and adopted from a St. Petersburg orphanage at age 6.

In Rio, she could be in line for 12 races in 11 days traversing 58,195 meters (or 630 football fields). She came into the Games believing it was possible to win all seven events.

If she wins all of her remaining events for six golds, it would be more than any American at a single Paralympics since swimmer Erin Popovich‘s seven at Athens 2004.

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Joseph Schooling eyes Michael Phelps’ world record at world champs

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Shortly after Joseph Schooling upset Michael Phelps in the Rio Olympic 100m butterfly, the Singapore swimmer made his next goal quite clear.

Take Phelps’ 100m butterfly world record.

Schooling repeated that claim after returning to the University of Texas for his junior season in November and again following March’s NCAA Championships, where he was beaten by Caeleb Dressel in the 100-yard butterfly.

The goal is apparently an imminent one.

Schooling said he believes he can break Phelps’ record at the world championships in Budapest in July, according to Channel News Asia. It would require lowering his personal best by more than a half-second.

“I’m looking forward to that race, and deep down I think if I do what I know I can do, if I execute everything well perfectly, I’d have a really good shot,” Schooling said Thursday, according to the report.

Schooling, 21, hasn’t raced a 100m butterfly since the Olympics, where he clocked 50.39 seconds. That broke Phelps’ Olympic record of 50.58 set at the 2008 Olympics. It’s the fifth-fastest time ever.

All of the top four times, including Phelps’ world record of 49.82, were set in 2009 at the peak of the high-tech swimsuit era.

“My dad told me 50.39 is a world record in a textile suit, but I want the world record on paper,” Schooling reportedly said less than a week after his Olympic title in August. “My next goal is breaking 49.8.”

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Aly Raisman calls out airport worker for ‘muscles’ comment

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Three-time Olympic champion Aly Raisman called out a male airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

Raisman posted on Twitter on Wednesday that after a female Transportation Security Administration worker said she recognized Raisman by her biceps, a male employee said, “I don’t see any muscles.” Raisman called the encounter “rude & uncomfortable.”

Raisman, who turned 23 Thursday, says she works “very hard to be healthy & fit.” She says that if a man can’t compliment a girl’s muscles, he’s sexist.

Raisman didn’t say where or when the airport exchange took place.

Raisman previously authored a powerful social media post about body image, shouting out “to all the boys from 5th-9th grade who made fun of me for being ‘too strong’” in November.

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