Bethany Woodward adds 200m silver to Paralympic medal collection

Bethany Woodward
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Bethany Woodward admitted the London 2012 Paralympic Games surpassed all her expectations after she claimed silver the women’s 200m T37 final.

Woodward,19, who was born in Eastbourne, and has cerebral palsy came second behind Namibian sprinter Johanna Benson in front of a packed Olympic stadium.

Woodward made a decent start and manoeuvred herself into a medal position on the bend. From there she powered home and looked comfortable as she dipped for the line in second position in a time of 29.65.

The silver medal adds to the bronze she claimed in the relay on Tuesday. Woodward’s silver took Team GB to 18 track and field medals which passed the target set by UK Athletics before the Games.

Fellow British runner Jenny McLoughlin came home in fifth.

After the race Woodward wasn’t sure she had silver. She said, “I was completely full of lactic and trying to dip. I had to wait for it to come up on the board before I realised I had silver.

“Its been unbelievable and it has surpassed all my expectations”