Tatyana McFadden misses out on medals in 400m T54 final

The multiple Paralympic gold medallist finished fourth in her final track event of Tokyo 2020, as Manuela Schaer claimed her second gold of the Games.

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Tatyana McFadden finished fourth in the final of the women’s 400m T54 at Tokyo 2020, falling agonisingly short of a 20th Paralympic medal.

Switzerland's Manuela Schaer celebrated her second gold medal of the Games with a virtuoso performance in the heavy rain, clocking 53.59 ahead of silver medallist Cheri Madsen of the USA in 53.91, and 23-year-old Chinese revelation ZHOU Zhaoqian, who put down a personal best of 54.10 for bronze.

It looked like McFadden was destined for the podium in the pouring rain until Zhou overtook her into third place just metres from the finish line.

That thrilling overtake meant Zhou added another medal to her Tokyo 2020 Paralympic haul, including the two golds she earlier won in the 100m and 1500m.

McFadden, double defending champ from London 2012 and Rio 2016 and world record holder in the 400m event, crossed the line in a time of 54.35, 0.25 seconds from Zhou and that elusive 20th medal.

This was the USA star's fourth and final track race in Tokyo, where she's taken silver in the 800m and bronze in the 5000m races.

But it isn't over yet for the USA great, as she'll be back in action in the marathon on Sunday 5th September, an event where she was a silver medallist in Rio.

A 20th Paralympic medal is still possible for McFadden.

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When is Tatyana McFadden competing next at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in 2021?

There's just one event left for Tatyana McFadden in Tokyo:

Women's marathon T54 - Sunday 5 September 06:40 JST