SHELLY Woods has vowed to take inspiration from the triumphs of her fellow GB wheelchair racers in her pursuit of Paralympic gold after bowing out of her second event, the T54 800m.
The St Annes athlete finished third in her heat – only the first two qualified automatically for today’s final and Woods missed out on a fastest loser’s place by just 0.25secs.
It was even more agonising for GB team-mate Jade Jones, who missed out by 0.02.
For Woods, this followed the disappointment of finishing eighth in Sunday’s 5,000m final, though she insisted she never expected to qualify in the 800m, which is the weakest of her four Paralympic events.
The silver lining is that Woods now has a day off ahead of tomorrow’s 1500m heats and can conserve more energy for Sunday’s marathon, which represents her best chance of gold.
And the 26-year-old revealed she would take motivation from the triumphs of team-mates David Weir and Mickey Bushell in the 5,000m and 100m respectively.
Woods said: “Dave’s been incredible and Mickey was amazing – I train with him.
“Dave is such a great guy. It was amazing to watch his race.
“Tactically he doesn’t put a foot wrong and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of his races.
“The good performances from them inspire me. I want a good performance too. I’ll keep going and look to that.”
She shrugged off the 800m disappointment ahead of her preferred disciplines, adding: “I just entered this event for some track time before the 1500m, so I wasn’t really expecting to make the final although it would have been really nice.
“But I’m pushing really well, and I have the 1500m and then the marathon. Those races are more my territory, so I’ll keep going and hope a good result will come my way.
“The support you get in London is amazing I’ve never experienced anything like it. They definitely lift you when the going gets tough.”