Tatyana McFadden qualifies for 400m T54 final

19-time Paralympic medalist eyes eighth Para gold in her final track event of Tokyo 2020; women's 400m T54 final on Thursday 2 September at 19:40 JST

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Tatyana McFadden has qualified for the final of the women’s 400m T54 final at Tokyo 2020 after finishing second in her heat behind teammate Cheri Madsen.

The USA star crossed the line in a time of 53.81, 0.65 seconds adrift of Madsen who clocked a season’s best.

People’s Republic of China’s ZOU Lihong finished third on 55.00.

McFadden has already won two medals in Tokyo, coming behind Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer in each to claim bronze in the 5000m T54 and silver in the 800m T54.

And she will once again come face-to-face with Schaer in the final, who eased through the morning’s other heat.

Despite the rain, the 36-year-old Swiss racer comfortably led from the start to cross the line in a time of 54.29, over a second ahead of People’s Republic of China’s ZHOU Zhaoqian (55.46) with Marie Emmanuelle Anais Alphonse of Mauritius in third, on 55.99.

McFadden, who set the world record time of 51.90 in 2015, hopes to win her eighth career Paralympic gold – and first of Tokyo 2020 – when she returns to the track for the final at 19:40 JST on Thursday 2 September.

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

Tatyana McFadden reached the final of the women's 400m T54 final after qualifying second from the heats.

Her remaining events are:

Women's 400m T54 final - Thursday 2 September at 19:40 JST

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