Tatyana McFadden qualifies for 800m T54 final in bid for eighth Paralympic gold

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 28: Tatyana McFadden of Team United States poses with her bronze medal after the T54 Women's 5000m on day 4 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at The Olympic Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 28: Tatyana McFadden of Team United States poses with her bronze medal after the T54 Women's 5000m on day 4 of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games at The Olympic Stadium on August 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images for International Paralympic Committee)

USA star sets sight on second medal at Tokyo 2020 on Sunday 29 August at 19:17 JST; 18-time Paralympic medallist hopes to add to her collection after winning bronze on Saturday.

Tatanya McFadden has qualified for the final of the 800m T54 after winning her heat in a time of 1:52.91.

The 32-year-old, who set the Paralympic record in the event at Rio 2016 (1:44.73), put in an assured performance to lead from start to finish despite a late surge by Germany’s Merle Marie Menje who crossed the line 0.15 behind.

Zubeyde Supurgeci qualified third clocking 1:54.11.

The morning’s second heat was won by Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer (1:51.09) with USA’s Susannah Scaroni, who beat McFadden to win the 5000m T54 final on Saturday, crossing the line ahead of teammate Amanda McGrory to compete the top three.

McFadden is aiming for her eighth Paralympic gold medal since she made her debut at Athens 2004.

She won her first medal at Tokyo 2020, bronze in the 5000m T54, on Saturday.