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2024 TCS London Marathon Women's Wheelchair Athlete Bios

  • Born: 24 November 1993  
    Marathon best: 1:31:30 
    London Marathon record:

    2013 – 8th 1:53:44
    2018 – 1st 1:42:58
    2019 – 3rd 1:49:44
    2023 – 1st 1:3851 

    De Rozario is the reigning Paralympic and Commonwealth Games marathon champion and was the first Australian woman to win the London Marathon when she clinched victory in 2018. She started the 2024 season well, winning the first AWMM of the year in Tokyo. De Rozario was unable to take part in the London Marathon for the past three years, before coming back with a bang and taking the win in 2023. In 2021, she won the TCS New York Marathon, becoming the first Australian woman in any event to win on the course. In 2022, she was the first Australian para athlete to win four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. She finished runner-up in the 2023 Boston Marathon, held just six days before the 2023 TCS London Marathon. 

    Marathons in major championships: Paralympics 2020 – 1st 1:38:11; Commonwealths 2018 – 1st 1:44:00, 2022 – 1st 1:56:00 

    Abbott World Marathon Majors top results: None 

     

  • Born: 11 April 1995  
    Marathon best: 1:34:16 – Berlin 2023 
    London Marathon record:

    2022 – 1st 1:38:24
    2023 – 3rd 1:38:54 

    Debrunner made an emphatic start to her marathon career in 2022, when she won on her debut over the distance at the BMW Berlin Marathon and claimed victory in London just a week later. She continued her fine form in 2023, setting a world record (1:34:16) as she won the Berlin Marathon for a second successive year. Debrunner then won both the major US marathons in the autumn – Chicago and New York – while setting a new course record of 1:38:44 in the Windy City. In May 2023, Debrunner won the Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability award. She was third at last year’s London Marathon.

    Marathons in major championships: None 

    Abbott World Marathon Majors top results: Berlin 2022 – 1st 1:36:47, 2023 – 1st 1:34:16; Chicago 2023 – 1st 1:38:44; New York 2023 – 1st 1:39:32  


  • Born: 5 December 1984  
    Marathon best: 1:28:17 - Boston 2017  
    London Marathon record:

    2014 – 2nd 1:46:44
    2015 – 2nd 1:43:56
    2016 – 2nd 1:44:15
    2017 – 1st 1:39:57
    2018 – 4th 1:43:01
    2019 – 1st 1:44:09
    2020 – 2nd 1:41:29
    2021 – 1st 1:39:52
    2023 – 2nd 1:38:52 
     
    Schar broke her leg in 2022 and has not enjoyed quite the same success since that injury, but she has started the season brilliantly, winning the first AWMM of the year in Tokyo. She also managed to win the 2023 Tokyo Marathon and was runner-up in London last year. She is the three-time London Marathon winner and three-time winner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series (the award for cumulative performances at the six major marathons). Her PB time of 1:28:17 was set in Boston, however, that course is ineligible for records due to the gradient. She has won every Abbott World Marathon Major on multiple occasions including six wins in Berlin. Schar was injured in an accident in 1993 and started wheelchair sport at 14. 

    Abbott World Marathon Majors top results: Tokyo – 1st (2018, 2019), Boston 1st (2017, 2019, 2021), Berlin 1st (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021), Chicago – 1st (2018, 2019), New York (2017, 2018, 2019). 

    Marathons in major championships: Paralympics 2016 – 6th 1:38:46; Worlds: 2013 – 1st 1:49:45, 2015 – 2nd 1:43:56, 2019 – 1st 1:44:09  


  • Born: 16 May 1991 
    Marathon best: 1:27:31 – Duluth 2021 
    London Marathon record:

    2013 – 7th 1:50:47
    2014 – 4th 1:51:01
    2015 – 5th 1:47:06
    2016 – 7th 1:52:50
    2017 – 3rd 1:47:37
    2018 – 3rd 1:43:00
    2019 – 13th 2:02:00
    2022 – 2nd 1:42:21
    2023 – 4th 1:38:57 

    Scaroni had the year of her life in 2022 and carried that form into 2023, winning the 2023 Boston Marathon in a course record time of 1:41:45. She has since started the 2024 season well, coming home in third in the first AWMM of the year in Tokyo. In 2022, she set a world record of 10:38:46 for the 5000m in Notwil, Switzerland, and won her first Abbott World Marathon Major titles in Chicago and New York. Which helped secure her first Abbott World Marathon Majors series win. The American won her first Paralympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, in the 5000m. The Tokyo Paralympics were the third time she had represented USA at the Games. Her PB time of 1:27:31 was set in Duluth, however, that course is ineligible for records due to the gradient. 

    Abbott World Marathon Majors top results: New York – 1st (2022); Chicago - 1st (2022); Boston – 1st (2023) 

     
  • Born: 21 April 1989  
    Marathon best: 1:31:30 - Duluth 2019  
    London Marathon record:

    2011 – 4th 1:46:34
    2012 – 8th 2:05:38
    2013 – 1st 1:46:02
    2014 – 1st 1:45:12
    2015 – 1st 1:41:14
    2016 – 1st 1:44:14
    2018 – 2nd 1:42:58
    2019 – 2nd 1:49:42
    2021 – 3rd 1:44:51
    2023 – 13th 1:56:49 

    McFadden dominated marathon racing for four years until she was forced to play second fiddle to Manuela Schar. Her best recent result was a third-place finish in London in 2021, but she is best known for her achievements in the 2010s. McFadden made history in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 as the only athlete to win four Abbott World Marathon Majors races in one year: London, Boston, Chicago and New York City. She has won four London titles, five in Boston, nine in Chicago and five in New York. Her PB time of 1:31:30 was set in Duluth, however, that course is ineligible for records due to the gradient. Born in Russia with spina bifida, McFadden lived in an orphanage for the first six years of her life until she was adopted by an American family from Maryland.  

    Marathons in major championships: Paralympics: 2012 – 9th 1:58:47, 2016 – 2nd 1:38:44; Worlds: 2015 – 1st 1:41:14, 2019 – 2nd 1:49:42  

     
  • Born: 8 January 1991  
    Marathon best: 1:38:16 – Tokyo Paralympics 2020 
    London Marathon record:

    2019 – 8th 1:52:12
    2020 – 1st 1:40:07
    2021 – 4th 1:44:54 

    Den Boer finished fourth in her most recent attempt in London, in 2021, but has struggled with injury since then. She won the London Marathon at just her second attempt, causing a huge shock in the elite-only race held during Covid in 2020, and followed that up by winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. Den Boer has spina bifida and is an ambassador for the Johan Cruyff Foundation. 

    Marathons in major championships: Paralympics 2020 – 3rd 1:38:16  


  • Born: 17 May 2001 
    Marathon best: 1:34:17 – Berlin 2023 
    London Marathon record:

    2022 – 3rd 1:47:27
    2023 – 7th 1:47:43 

    Marathons in major championships: Commonwealth 2022 – 2nd 1:59:45 

     

    Notes: A rising star of British wheelchair racing, Rainbow-Cooper finished third in her TCS London Marathon debut in 2023. She won the 2023 Great North Run wheelchair race and won a silver medal in the 2022 Commonwealth Games marathon. She was runner-up at the 2023 BMW Berlin Marathon and the winner of the 2023 Cape Town Marathon. Rainbow-Cooper has started the season well, finishing as runner-up in the first AWMM of the year in Tokyo. She was born with sacral agenesis and is part of the Weir Archer Academy. 

     
  • Born: 31 January 1997  
    Marathon best: 1:22:50 – Duluth 2021 
    London Marathon record:

    2020 – 3rd 1:52:16
    2021 – 9th 2:03:08
    2022 – 5th 1:47:28
    2023 – 8th 1:47:43 

    Fesemyer finished third in her London Marathon debut in 2020 on the elite-only course around St James’s Park and recorded her best finish of fifth place in 2022. She represented the USA in the 5000m and marathon at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Her PB time of 1:22:50 was set in Duluth, however, that course is ineligible for records due to the gradient. Born a triplet without a left leg and hip socket because of a rare congenital disease called proximal femoral focal deficiency, Fesemyer got involved in wheelchair track racing in 2013 having grown up playing basketball with a prosthetic leg. She trains with the University of Illinois team under coach Adam Bleakney. 
  • Born: 15 September 1974  
    Marathon best: 1:34:06 – Boston 2011 
    London Marathon record:

    2010 – 1st 1:52:33
    2012 – 2nd 1:53:04
    2014 – 3rd 1:46:45
    2015 – 7th 1:56:48
    2016 – 3rd 1:45:28
    2022 – 6th 1:47:28
    2023 – 5th 1:47:40  

    Tsuchida has two Paralympic marathon medals to her name and finished third at the 2023 Boston Marathon. She has achieved immense success over her career, being crowned as the 2010 London Marathon champion and 2011 World Champion. She won five Boston Marathons in a row from 2007 to 2011 and has won the Tokyo title nine times. Her PB time of 1:34:06 was set in Boston, however, that course is ineligible for records due to the gradient. 

    Marathons in major championships: Paralympics: 2000 – 3rd 1:50:10, 2004 – 2nd 1:50:13  


  • Born: 20 February 1991 
    Marathon best: 1:44:45  
    London Marathon record:

    2019 – 10th 1:52:13
    2021 – 5th 1:50:07
    2022 – 9th 1:47:32
    2023 – 6th 1:47:41 

    Rocha is the first Brazilian Paralympian to compete in both the summer and winter Paralympics, as she raced in three cross-country skiing events in the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang. She also represented her country at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where she reached the final of the 1500m. She has started the 2024 season well, finishing fifth in the first AWMM of the year in Tokyo. 
  • Born: 20 November 1989  
    Marathon best: 1:45:19 – Oita 2018 
    London Marathon record:

    2019- 12th 1:56:19
    2021 – 7th 1:50:13
    2022 – 7th 1:47:29
    2023 – 12th 1:51:44 

    De Souza competed at the Tokyo Paralympics where she finished 12th in the marathon and eighth in both the 5000m and 1500m. De Souza’s best finish at an Abbott World Marathon Major was sixth in New York in 2019 and she set her PB in Oita in 2018. She has also placed sixth and eighth in Boston. 
  • Born: 12 September 1986 
    Marathon best: 1:45:22 – Oita 2018  
    London Marathon record:

    2019 – 14th 2:03:37
    2021 – 11th 2:06:02
    2022 – 12th 2:00:10
    2023 – 15th 1:58:58 

    Wheeler is a former Los Angeles Marathon champion who has clinched top-10 finishes in Chicago and New York.  
  • Born: 26 September 1989 
    Marathon best: 1:45:45 
    London Marathon record:

    2014 – DNF
    2020 – 4th 2:02:38
    2018 – 15th 2:00:18
    2022 – 11th 1:57:12
    2023 – 16th 2:03:48 

    Eachus finished fourth at the 2020 London Marathon, on the elite-only course around St James’s Park. She competed at the Tokyo Paralympics over the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon distances. She has won two bronze medals at European Championships, in the 1,500m and 400m distances. 
  • Born: 19 August 2004  
    Marathon best: 1:42:12 
    London Marathon record:

    2021 – 2nd 1:44:51
    2022 – 4th 1:47:28
    2023 – 10th 1:51:31 

    Menje is a rising star of Paralympic sport. She finished runner-up at the 2021 London Marathon in just her second race over the distance and was fourth in 2022. In 2020, she won two gold medals in the 400m and 5000m at the European Championships in Poland as well as silver medals in the 100m and 800m. She is a former winner of the Mini London Marathon. 
  • Born: 3 May 1980 
    Marathon best: 1:46:44
    London Marathon record:

    2009 – 5th 1:50:43
    2013 – 4th 1:50:43
    2014 – 5th 1:51:01
    2015 – 6th 1:56:20
    2016 – 9th 1:56:46
    2019 – 11th 1:56:16
    2022 – 10th 1:47:33
    2023 – 11th 1:51:32  

    Dawes finished fifth in the marathon distance at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The experienced Australian athlete, who competed in her first Paralympics in Atlanta in 1996, has been selected for every Games since – a total of seven Paralympics. She also won two gold medals in the 1998 Athletics World Championships in Birmingham, with both coming in the Women's 4 × 400 T54-55 competition.  

  • Born: 8 March 1987 
    Marathon best: 1:47:29 – Chicago 2022 
    London Marathon record:

    2022 – 8th 1:47:29
    2023 – 14th 1:58:55 

    Hoang is a US Paralympian who finished second at the Chicago Marathon and third at the Boston Marathon in 2022.
  • Born: 19 September 1981 
    Marathon best: 1:50:02 – London 2019 
    London Marathon record: 2019 – 4th 1:50:02  

    Connell finished 13th in the marathon distance at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. She has raced in the London Marathon once before, in 2019, when she finished fourth. The Australian has represented her country at Paralympic and Commonwealth Games plus World Championships. In 2018, in her home country, she won silver in the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games. Connell had both her legs and several fingers amputated at the age of 16 due to meningococcal disease, which has a high mortality rate if untreated. She is involved in promoting the awareness of the disease in the Australian community. 

     
  • Born: 18 May 1990 
    Marathon best: 1:35:50 – Oita 2019 
    London Marathon record: 2018 – 10th 1:52:19 

    Kina finished seventh in the marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics and won the 2021 Tokyo Marathon. 
  • Born: 23 November 1995 
    Marathon best: N/A  
    London Marathon record: N/A 

    The 28-year-old is a specialist over shorter distances, having won silver and bronze medals in the T54 100m and 400m events respectively at the 2023 Paris World Championships.