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Hannah McFadden at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships, Doha

Hannah McFadden

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54, F57

Further personal information

Languages
English
Higher education
International Business - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began to pursue athletics as a teenager.
Why this sport?
"Once you start running, you can't think about anything else. You don't think really at all. Just all of a sudden your body takes over, and I like that out-of-body experience."

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
United States

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her older sister Tatyana. (umc.org, 30 Oct 2005)
Injuries
In 2018 she had surgery to repair nerve damage to the back of her head and neck that sidelined her for 18 months. She was cleared to train again in August 2019. (paralympic.org, 01 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Female Track Athlete of the Year at the US Paralympics Track and Field High School Awards. (teamusa.org, 15 Sep 2014)

In 2010 she was named on the first ever US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American Team. (time-to-run.com, 14 Nov 2010)

She was nominated for the Jesse Owens Award in December 2010. (runnersweb.com, 14 Oct 2010)
Other sports
She has competed in Para swimming at national level in the United States of America. (mlive.com, 18 Jul 2011)
Milestones
In 2012 she and sister Tatyana became the first siblings to compete at the same Paralympic Games when they raced at the Paralympic Games in London. (bbc.co.uk, 24 May 2018; teamusa.org, 23 Jul 2017)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Tatyana has represented the United States of America in Para athletics and Para cross-country skiing, winning a total of 16 medals across the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Winter Games. Her mother Debbie was the US commissioner of disabilities in 1989, and helped write the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Oct 2019; nytimes.com, 01 Sep 2016; cbsnews.com, 31 Oct 2015; tatyanamcfadden.com, 10 Mar 2014; teamusa.org, 11 Jun 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (adoptionsupport.org, 01 Jan 2019)
Impairment
Her left leg was amputated above the knee as the result of her being born without a fibula or femur. (teamusa.org, 15 Oct 2015; mlive.com, 18 Jul 2011)
Other information
FURTHER STUDIES
In 2021 she graduated with a master's degree in education policy, organisation and leadership with a concentration in global studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States of America. (Instagram profile, 18 Jan 2021)

FROM ALBANIA TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Born in Albania, she was adopted at age three by a family in Clarksville, MD, United States of America. (adoptionsupport.org, 01 Jan 2018; teamusa.org, 11 Jun 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-08 8
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-20 4
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-21 4
Women's 800 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 7
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-23 7
Women's 100 m T54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-24 6
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-25 5
Women's 400 m T54 Semifinal 2 2013-07-26 8
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2013-07-27 7
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-22 2
Women's 200 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-22 3
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-23 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-24 3
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2015-10-25 6
Women's 800 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-26 8
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2015-10-27 7
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2015-10-27 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Women's 100 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Women's 400 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-11 7
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-11 4
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-15 3
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-16 6
Women's 400 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-17 7
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-23 3