No medal for Woods

02 September 2012 / 12:46

Wheelchair racer Shelly Woods' Paralympic medal hopes in the T54 5,000 metres ended in a sprint finish at the Olympic Stadium.

The Blackpool athlete, who was met with a huge roar from the crowd whenever she hit the front, came home eighth in 12 minutes 29.26 seconds.

The 26-year-old, who was paralysed from the waist down after falling from a tree aged 11, did not have the strength to live with a 52.59secs last lap as she finished 1.39s behind gold medal winner Edith Wolf of Switzerland.

She told Channel 4: "The way I was feeling I thought I could shake them up a bit but I didn't have enough. I gave it everything I had so I can't complain. I gave it my best shot.

"I could have raced it another way by hanging back, but I am not the best sprinter.

"I have got quite a few races left, the 1500m and 800m and the marathon at the end."

Elsewhere, sprinters Graeme Ballard and Ben Rushgrove, who have cerebral palsy, cruised into the T36 100m final, but Tracey Hinton, competing in her sixth Games, went out in the semi-finals of the T11 200m.