Aussie Paralympian Madison de Rozario, has won her maiden New York City Marathon!
😍💚💛 Whilst Australia was sleeping, beloved Aussie Paralympian Madison de Rozario, has won her maiden New York City Marathon title!
De Rozario, 27 year old from Perth, is the first Australian champion in the 20-year history of the women’s wheelchair division in New York City, to continue what has been the dream year (2x🥇& 1x🥈 in Tokyo) for an icon of our sport 🏆
Finishing with a time of 1:51:01, she crossed the line almost three minutes in front of the next competitor.
"This is unreal. New York is one that I've never had amazing results on. It's been my least successful event consistently. The two years we weren't travelling, we buried ourselves in base work & strength work, and it's paid off, not just here but in Tokyo." - Madison de Rozario said after claiming her first Big Apple Victory at the TCS New York City Marathon
The second-oldest of the world's marathon majors — this was the 50th running of the race — returned after being cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a city where over 34,000 have died of COVID-19, organisers hoped for an uplifting celebration akin to the marathon staged two months after the 9/11 attacks.
The field was shrunk by about 40 per cent this year to help keep runners distanced, and participants had to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of race day.
Runners registered for the 2020 race that was wiped out were given the option of a full refund or entry into the 2021, ’22 or ’23 races.
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