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Woods determined to secure medal

Woods expects medal in re-run

British wheelchair racer Shelly Woods has vowed to come away with a medal at the second time of asking when her 5,000m final is re-run on Friday.

Monday's race saw six athletes felled in a crash, with Woods going on finish second behind Canada's Diane Roy.

Athletes were presented with their medals but, after a protest, the race was ordered to be run again.

"I want the medal so badly now I will do anything I can to get it," Blackpool racer Woods told BBC Sport.

"I just have to focus and concentrate on Friday's race and the other races I will be competing in here.

"It has been frustrating and sad but I trust my speed and my training and I believe I can medal again."

They should not have sent us out to get medals while the protests were still going on

Shelly Woods

The 22-year-old also revealed that she had not yet had to return her silver medal but criticised the decision to hold the medal ceremony on Monday night.

"I knew that there had been a protest but they should not have sent us out to get medals while the protests were still going on - that was the wrong decision," she added.

Woods will also race in the 800m - with heats on Saturday and the final on Sunday - and the 1500m, with heats on Monday and the final the following day.

We're obviously hugely embarrassed that it happened because it reflects on the sport,"

Chris Cohen
Head of IPC Athletics

Wednesday's marathon completes her programme.

The International Paralympic Committee expressed its embarrassment after the ruling that the final was to be re-run.

Chris Cohen, head of IPC Athletics, said the incident was "disastrous".

"We're obviously hugely embarrassed that it happened because it reflects on the sport," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"We're very concerned for the athletes because they went through the process of seeing the flag fly and the national anthem played and all the wonderful things that go with it.

"Then suddenly they're told they didn't win a medal and they've got to go through it all again."

The countries involved in the protest - USA, Switzerland and Australia - all appealed different elements of the final.


A jury of appeal made the decision to overturn the result and order a re-run of the race and under the rules of the IAAF, the decision cannot be overturned.

Switzerland's Edith Hunkeler, who caused the pile-up and suffered a broken collarbone, has been disqualified.

Monday's race drama unfolded just before the bell when Hunkeler appeared to run into team-mate Sandra Graf and the ensuing chaos left the athletes on the ground.

However, with 50m to go, the remaining athletes were impeded by a judge rushing onto the track to aid the stricken athletes.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani powerlifter has been banned for two years after failing a doping test.

Naveed Ahmed Butt tested positive for the steroid methandienone metabolites, the IPC said in a statement.

And the Paralympics suffered its second doping scandal when German wheelchair basketball player Ahmet Coskun was sent home for taking a drug he said was meant to fight hair loss.

A statement from the German National Paralympic Committee said had tested positive for finasteride in a test on 23 August.

"I was thinking about my hair and had no idea that the drug, which is against hair loss, contained a banned substance. I'm very upset. I never intended to do doping," Coskun said.

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