The American wheelchair racer and Paralympic champion became the first competitor to win all four in a year. It was the Grand Slam of the marathon world and now McFadden, 25, is on the verge of doing it again.
After wins in London, Boston and Chicago earlier this year, a victory Sunday in New York would make it eight-for-eight for McFadden. If Tiger Woods’ four straight major victories was “The Tiger Slam,” will this be “The Tatyana Slam,” times two? McFadden just laughs.
“Maybe,” she said. “I don’t know what I would do if I won my eighth consecutive marathon.”
After winning at Chicago on Oct. 12, McFadden says she was so happy she just wanted to cry. She’d broken away from the pack early — not her usual strategy in Chicago — then worried the rest of the way she’d made a mistake. She kept looking over her shoulder, expecting to be overtaken.