Shelly Woods Is Paralympic Medal Controversy

September 11, 2008

Meet Shelly Woods, a British Paralympic track and field athlete who is in the midst of a controversy, after being asked to return her T54 5000m silver medal when the race ended in a penultimate lap crash. See photos, video and a biography of Shelly Woods here.

Shelly finished second behind Canada’s Diane Roy in the controversial race, where six of the eleven athletes crashed out. Three countries protested the results and the IPC decided to re-run the race on Friday.

“The mistake they made was handing out the medals while the protests were still going on. I knew that there were protests after the crash and when they went ahead with the medal ceremony I thought it must be OK. I had all the elation of thinking I’d won a medal at my first Paralympic race and then I was told by an official that the race would be re-run.”

As a biography, Shelly Woods was born on 4 June 1986 in Blackpool, Lancashire so her age is 22. She suffered from a big fall at the age of 11 and has been using the wheelchair since then.

Woods has a remarkable record in the wheelchair races, having won the Great North Run in 2005 and set a national record in over 5000m. She also finished second in her first London Marathon in 2005. Woods was the champion in 2007.

She also holds the record for the Reading Half Marathon, set in 2004.

Shelly is very confident that she will win a medal in the Friday’s re-run. Check out her website here.

More photos and a video of Shelly Woods are below.

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