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American Tatyana McFadden wins again

Tatyana McFadden crossed the finish line to win her second straight Boston Marathon.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Tatyana McFadden crossed the finish line to win her second straight Boston Marathon.

Tatyana McFadden made her 25th birthday a winning one, defending her women’s wheelchair title at the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday.

McFadden won last year’s race in her Boston debut, and made it 2-for-2 in impressive fashion. She pushed past Tsuchida Wakako of Japan near the halfway point, and kept building her lead.

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The historic winner of the four big races in 2013 (London, Boston, Chicago, New York, becoming the first person to sweep them), McFadden won a silver medal in Sochi at the Paralympic Games earlier this year (sit-ski event), then defended her London Marathon title last week.

Born in Russia and adopted by Deborah McFadden as a 6-year-old, McFadden now lives in Maryland, and attends the University of Illinois. Just like a year ago in Boston, McFadden was content to stay back in the first half of the race, then grabbed the lead and took charge. She finished with a time of 1 hour, 35 minutes, and 6 seconds.

More from the 2014 Boston Marathon — Cullen: Just like the days we used to know | Gasper: Boston reclaims its Marathon | Photos: Marathon scenes | The ‘Scream Tunnel’ and Heartbreak Hill | The elite runners | Boylston Street | Videos from the Marathon | Full coverage

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.
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