Paralympic stars Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden, and Shirley Reilly will lead the U.S. women’s wheelchair field in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg announced today.
Among them, the three have earned more than a dozen medals in the Paralympics, including three so far in the 2012 London Games that are still going on.
McGrory, 25, of Champaign, IL, returns to the ING New York City Marathon as defending champion after setting the course record of 1:50:24 last year. At the 2008 Paralympics, McGrory won medals in four of her five races, including a dramatic gold in the 5000 meters (T54) when she won by one-hundredth of a second and a silver medal in the marathon (T54).
McFadden, 24, of Clarksville, MD, is the 2010 ING New York City Marathon champion. She has won eight medals in the Paralympic Games, including two gold medals so far this year, at 400 meters and 800 meters. Reilly, 27, of Tucson, AZ, won the Boston Marathon last spring, ending the five-year winning streak of Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida. A three-time Paralympian, Reilly won her first medal when she took silver in the 5000 meters (T54) earlier this week.
All three women are expected to compete in the marathon on Sunday.
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