Golden girls: McFadden, Forber-Pratt lead U.S. on day four of 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships

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Susan Katz January 25, 2011

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand—The women led the way for Team USA on Tuesday as Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) won double gold in the 200m and 800m (T54) while Anjali Forber-Pratt (Natick, Mass.) claimed gold in the 200m (T53) on day four of the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships.

McFadden got things started in the 800m, setting a new Championship record of 1:51.10 on her way to victory. She then came back in the afternoon session and dominated the 200m, racing to gold with a time of 29.33.

“I had to peak at just the right time and things are coming together,” said McFadden. “I’m very happy, excited and honored to win gold. I get a little time to enjoy the wins, and then I have to refocus for my three remaining events.”

Next up was Forber-Pratt whose 200m victory marked her first ever world championships gold, while setting a new Championship record with a time of 29.83. Forber-Pratt has been focusing on the 200m as her signature event and her gold medal-winning performance had her grinning from ear-to-ear as she came off the track at QEII Park.

“This is a dream come true, it’s even better than I imagined it would be,” said Forber-Pratt. “We finished into a really strong headwind and I just had to block that out and give the race everything I had.”

Team USA’s Jessica Galli (Hillsborough, N.J.) narrowly missed the podium in this same event, finishing fourth in 31.13.

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