Australian wheelchair athlete, Madison De Rozario has taken out the London Marathon mere days after her victory at the Commonwealth Games.
“I feel very surprised still, it’s unreal, that was amazing,” De Rozario, told interviewers after the event. She added that her recent win at the Commonwealth Games had given her the confidence to back it up in London.
“Just physically doing the 42km felt a lot easier after last weekend and knowing that my body is happy to do it. Then you throw in the competitive part on top of it and I had a bit more confidence going in, knowing that I could stay and that I could maybe sprint finish,” she said.
Fellow Australian, Kurt Fearnley who finished up fifth in yesterday’s marathon, congratulated De Rozario via Twitter, sharing a photo of the two and claiming his compatriot was “all heart”.
Take a bow @madiderozario!!! Commonwealth Games Champion & now London Marathon Winner!!! 24 yrs old, all heart & the world is waiting!!
I got 5th today & in dire need of a holiday😂 time for some family time😍 pic.twitter.com/WuoAkCjIjk
— Kurt Fearnley (@kurtfearnley) April 22, 2018
Completing the race in one hour 42 minutes 58 seconds on Sunday, she beat four-time champion Tatyana McFadden with American, Susannah Scaroni, coming in third.
What a week!!!! Huge Congratulations to @madiderozario for first 🥇 place and my own teammate @suscaroni on getting third🥉 . Thank you to all the staff and volunteers @londonmarathon for putting on anther great race and thank you to all those who came out to cheer today ❣ pic.twitter.com/yEagO4qfC5
— Tatyana McFadden (@TatyanaMcFadden) April 22, 2018
De Rozario makes history today as the only Australian woman to ever win London Marathon’s women’s wheelchair event.