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Woods battles to bronze in re-run

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Woods wins bronze in re-run

British wheelchair racer Shelly Woods won bronze in the re-run T54 5,000m final - but said afterwards the original result should have stood.

The Blackpool athlete was second in the original race but was denied a silver medal after a protest resulted in organisers ordering a re-run.

In Friday's race, she finished behind Amanda McGrory and Diane Roy, who won bronze and gold first time.

"I don't think the decision was right to re-run it," she told BBC Sport.

Six of the 11 athletes in the field were involved in a dramatic crash on the penultimate lap of the first race in the Bird's Nest Stadium on Monday.

Three countries protested against the result, forcing the athletes to return their medals following the ceremony.


"Crashes happen all the time - I have had my fair few in racing," Woods told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"When a crash happens a re-run is not on the cards unless it happens in the first 200m in a race, when it starts again.

"These girls have had crashes in Paralympic finals before, but no-one has given them a re-run. But that was the decision made, so you have to go with it."

Woods was always in touch with the leaders in the re-run, but as they turned into the final straight she found herself trapped on the kerb.

McGrory edged out Roy by just 0.01 of a second while Woods kept ahead of American Cheri Blauwet for a medal.

"This one, no-one can take it off me," she said.

"The only thing I could do was go out there and race and try to win another medal. I wanted to do myself justice on the track and I think I did that.

"It has been a crazy few days. Dealing with the emotions has been really difficult. It's been a weird week but I am happy with a bronze. I had to forget about it and get back on the track.

"To get a medal in such a tactical race like that is a big jump for me. The only one who could have defeated me today was myself."

Woods also criticised the decision to go ahead with Monday's medal ceremony, when she was presented with her silver medal.

"The mistake they made was to hand out the medals in the first place - they should have waited until everything was cleared up," she said.

"It's something they (the International Paralympic Committee) have to deal with, it was definitely the wrong thing to do - and they know that as well."

Michael Churm earned an unexpected place in the men's T37 100m final after a Chinese athlete was reclassified.

Churm, who finished third in heat one on Friday morning, finished eighth in a time of 12.60secs behind gold medallist Fanie van der Merwe from South Africa.

David Weir booked his place in the men's T54 800m final after winning his semi-final in a time of one minute 34.27secs.

Teenager Katrina Hart finished seventh in the T37 100m final in 15.12secs.

"I'm disappointed," said the 18-year-old from Worcester. "It didn't quite come together for me today. I know I can race faster but it was a big experience to make the final."

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