Woods wins through to Games final

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Fylde wheelchair racer Shelly Woods won her heat comfortably to earn a place Thursday’s final of the T54 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The St Annes-based 28-year-old came through the field on the final lap to win a slow heat in 4mins, 00.81secs at Hampden Park. Australian Angela Ballard was second in 4:01.69.

The three qualifiers from the previous heat were all quicker than the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde athlete, including winner Canadian Diane Roy (3:52.83) and Woods’ England team-mate Jade Jones (third in 3:53.37).

Woods, who is seeking to add a Commonwealth Games medal to her three Paralympic medals, said: “The atmosphere is amazing and there’s great support for all the athletes.

“The race was good to blow the cobwebs away but I wanted to be in the other heat because that’s where all the big contenders were.”

There will be a third Briton in Thursday’s 7.20pm final in Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn.