McFadden claims Sochi silver

Tatyana McFadden, the American who won three gold medals at London 2012, has claimed her first Winter Paralympic medal in Sochi on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old specialist wheelchair racer, competing in her first Winter Games, took silver in the cross country one kilometre sprint sitting event.

She missed out on gold by just 0.1 seconds, with Norway's Mariann Marthinsen snatching the title.

"I really did not expect to win a medal here," said McFadden, who last year won six gold medals at the IPC Athletics World Championships in every event from the 100m to the 5,000m as well as winning the Boston, Chicago, London, and New York marathons.

That second feat made her the only athlete to ever win all four major marathons in the same year.

The athlete, who has spina bifida, was adopted from an orphanage in St Petersburg by American Deborah McFadden and was not expected to survive when first brought to the United States.

McFadden has been competing in front of her birth mother for the first time in Sochi and she was there again on Wednesday, along with her adopted mother.

"They are both here and were here all day holding out for me in the snow," McFadden said.

"They gave me a lot of extra energy and them being here pushed me forward in all my events."