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Just six days after her Boston Marathon victory, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, M.D.) celebrated her 24th birthday by capturing the women's wheelchair race in the London Marathon, held April 21. Smashing the course record with a time of 1:46:02, McFadden dedicated her win to the city of Boston in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Fellow American Amanda McGrory (Kennet Square, Penn.) placed second.
The USADA announced that United States Olympic sprinter Shawn Crawford has received a two-year suspension for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file his whereabouts information.
Propelled by Ashley Wagner (Alexandria, Va.) and Gracie Gold's (Springfield, Ill.) second and third-place finishes in the free skate, Team USA won the 2013 ISU World Team Trophy, held April 11-14 in Tokyo. Madison Chock (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Evan Bates (Ann Arbor, Mich.) won the short dance event with a season-best score of 98.37 points.
Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) set world records in the men's 800-meter and 1,500 freestyle S-10 events at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Spring Swimming Nationals in Minneapolis, held April 4-6. Victoria Arlen (Exter, N.H.), Kayla Wheller (Seattle, Wash.), Nora Nir-Kistler (Allentown, Pa.), Haley Beranbaum (Snohomish, Wash.) also posted record-setting performances.
The U.S. Men's Rugby Sevens National Team defeated Scotland, 17-0, to win the Tokyo Sevens plate final on March 31. The final was a rematch of the March 30 meeting between the two teams that resulted in a 12-12 draw. A 21-19 semifinal win over Fiji set up the highest finish by the U.S. men in the last two seasons.
The London 2012 Olympics are in the books. There were plenty of storylines through the more than two weeks of athletic competition Take a look at some of the lasting images from England. We'll see you in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.
Modesto's Erin Cafaro struck gold this morning. Her USA women's eight rowing team pulled out to an early lead then held off Canada for victory at the Summer Olympics in London.
Modesto's Erin Cafaro and her United States women's eight rowing team will go for gold on Thursday. This morning, the United States and Canada won their heats to qualify for the final, setting up one of the top showdowns of the Olympic rowing regatta.
Erin Cafaro of Modesto says she has reached 95 percent of her potential. The number means a lot. Now she's in London to defend the USA's gold medal in women's eight and finish her rowing career on top.