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Paralympic sports - 16. September 2008.

Petitclerc wins fifth olympic gold

   
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Canadian Paralympic hero Chantal Petitclerc finished off her campaign with her fifth olympic gold medal in the 1500m T54. Silver went to Britain's Shelley Woods and bronze was won by Switzerland's Edith Hunkerler.

Petitclerc wins fifth olympic gold

Woods clinched silver in the equivalent women’s final to add the 100th medal to ParalympicsGB’s total Games tally.

“Really?” she said when told afterwards. “That’s pretty cool. I’m so happy to win silver. I’d love to win gold but if someone had said to me before the Games I’d take home a silver and a bronze I’d never have believed them.”

Woods’ race took place in the pouring rain as front-runners fought for a good position. The 22-year-old played it perfectly to finish the race in a head-to-head battle with Switzerland’s Edith Hunkerler. Woods beat her by the width of her tyre posting 3:40.99. Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc stormed home to win her 13th Paralympic gold in 3:39.88 at her third Games, her fifth in Beijing.

“I’ve really grown in confidence at these Games and I did my thing one race at a time,” said the Blackpool-based Woods. “In the call room people were really nervous about the rain but it was like typical British weather and actually I was quietly confident.

“It’s an honour to race against Chantal, she’s been at the top for 10 years and is one of my heroes. I’d love to emulate some of her performances in the future.

“The support staff here have done such a great job, they’ve helped me through the ups and downs to get me where I am now.”


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