Training partners Susannah Scaroni and Tatyana McFadden take gold and bronze in 5000m

On day four of the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the Americans Susannah Scaroni and Tatiana mcfadden won gold and bronze in the women’s 5000m T54, respectively. from Switzerland Manuela Schaer claimed money.

In Saturday’s final, Scaroni pulled away from the field with seven laps to go. McFadden, who was competing in his sixth Paralympic Games (and fifth in track and field), made a tactical choice not to call. The two athletes train together in Champaign, Illinois, with seventh place Jenna fesemyer.

“I wanted Team USA to win a gold medal and I saw my teammate up front. I knew if I latched onto her back and protected her she would be fine, ”said McFadden. “I knew she could maintain that speed forever because we are training together. I believed in her, I believed in myself and it worked so well.

Scaroni, from Tekoa, Wash., Echoed that sentiment. “Tatyana didn’t do a chase which means they haven’t caught up in those seven laps,” she said. “I feel like we both won, honestly. “

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Scaroni crossed the finish line in 10: 52.57, smashing the previous Paralympic record of 11: 47.37, set by McFadden at the Rio 2016 Games. She was only one second away from breaking Schaer’s world record in this trial (10: 51,17).

TOKYO, JAPAN – Susannah Scaroni of the United States celebrating her Paralympic record in the women’s 5000m T54 at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games (Photo by Alex Pantling / Getty Images)

The result marks Scaroni’s first-ever Paralympic medal in his third Paralympic appearance. Her previous best result (7th) was in the T54 women’s marathon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

With bronze, McFadden, 32, now holds 18 career Paralympic medals (17 in track and field, 1 in cross-country skiing).

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McFadden and Scaroni both have even more races in Tokyo. McFadden is entered in four other events (400m, 800m, 1500m, marathon), while Scaroni has three more events (800m, 1500m, marathon).

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How to watch the Tokyo Paralympic Games

NBC will provide more than 1,200 hours of Paralympic coverage. Here are some highlights:

  • A full Paralympic TV schedule (which includes preview coverage on NBC, NBCSN, and the Olympic Channel) can be found here.
  • Events can also be streamed live on and the NBC Sports app. More information is available here.

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