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Golden hopes for Shelly Woods

Shelly Woods Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

Blackpool athlete Shelly Woods already has a silver medal from Beijing and a win in the T45 1500m heats but today she goes for Gold in the marathon.

Shelly has had a disappointing start to the Games, finishing eighth in the 5,000m as well as not making the 800m final.

The 26 year old is looking back on form though after coming home in three minutes 42.12 seconds.

She said: "It was great, the aim was to qualify. I've had such a tough week and it's been hard to lift my spirits. I felt like I was falling out with the stadium, but I watched Dave (Weir) the other night (winning his second gold in the 1500m) and it just reminded me why I do this."

Paralympic Games: Blackpool's Shelly Woods qualifies for 5000m final

Blackpool’s Shelly Woods in action during the Women's 5000m heats at the Olympic Stadium. Credit: Gareth Fuller, Press Association Images

Shelly Woods from Blackpool has qualified for the final of the 5000m after finishing in 3rd place in Round 1.

Shelly will be in three more events over the next nine days including her strongest event, the Marathon. Her first final is on Sunday.