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McGrory wins NYC Marathon in record time


Amanda McGrory

NOVEMBER 7, 2011


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Paralympian Amanda McGrory (Champaign, Ill.) set the course record in the women's wheelchair division of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, finishing with a time of 1:50:24.

Her record-setting time broke the previous record by two minutes and 14 seconds. Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland held the former record with her 1:52:38 time in 2007.

McGrory also won the New York Marathon in 2006 and has finished in the top three during her other attempts in 2007, 2008 and 2010. She has also set marathon course records in Duluth, Denver and Chicago.

McGrory can add this to her already impressive list of accomplishments when it comes to marathons this year. She won the Paris and London Marathons within a week of each other earlier in 2011.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, the 25-year-old won the gold medal in the 5000m (T54), along with a silver medal in the marathon. She also won bronze in 800m (T53) and the 4x100 relay (T53/T54).

U.S. teammate Tatyana McFadden (Champaign, Ill.) finished in third with a time of 1:52:52, just milliseconds behind Britain's Shelly Evans. McFadden won the wheelchair portion of the Chicago Marathon earlier this year.

In the men's wheelchair division, Paralympian Joshua George (Champaign, Ill.) placed in seventh and was the top men's finisher among U.S. participants with his time of 1:39:32.

"It's great to see her win, especially after mechanical issues held her back during the Chicago Marathon," said Head Coach and Director of Paralympic Track & Field High Performance Cathy Sellers. "She did an absolutely incredible job during her record-setting performance. This continues the streak of American women winning major American marathons after Tatyana McFadden's win at the Chicago Marathon."