You’d be hard-pressed to find an athlete who had a better week than Tatyana McFadden.
The 10-time Paralympic gold medalist entered six events at the IPC track world championships in Lyon, France, and won all six. It’s the first time ever an athlete has won six gold medals at the event.
“I can’t quite believe it,” McFadden told Paralympic.org. “It’s definitely a dream come true — the first woman to win all events from the 100m to the 5,000m. History is made.
“To sweep six in a row has been really, really tough but you have to have belief in all events you do because if you have any doubts you already start to lose the race,”
She completed the perfect week by capturing the 400 meters on Saturday. In all, McFadden won the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters. She took the 100 and the 1,500 on the same day.
McFadden, born in Russia, has put up an unbelievable year already, winning the Boston and London women’s wheelchair marathons within six days of each other in April. She also made strides in cross-country skiing with an eye on getting on the 2014 U.S. Paralympics team.