Reilly rallies for first Paralympic Games medal

Sept. 02, 2012, 12:27 p.m. (ET)

Shirley Reilly
Three-time U.S. Paralympian Shirley Reilly won her first ever Paralympic Games medal Sunday, a silver.

LONDON – In the final bend of the women's 5000m (T54) race, Shirley Reilly burst from the pack to secure the silver medal behind Switzerland’s Edith Wolf at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Reilly crossed the line in 12:27.91, just off the 12:27.87 winning time.

"I definitely wanted to go for the win, but I'm OK with the silver,” three-time U.S. Paralympian Reilly said. “This is my third Paralympics, I attack really well in battle, and hopefully in my next race I can go out with the gold."

It is her first ever Paralympic medal.

"It's been a long wait,” she said. “It feels really exciting."

Australia’s Christie Dawes came through for the bronze in 12:28.24

Surprisingly, the three women’s 5000m (T54) medalists from the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games failed to make the podium with gold medalist Amanda McGrory of the United States, silver medalist Diane Roy of Canada and bronze medalist Shelly Woods of Great Britain finishing seventh, ninth and eighth respectively in London.

Reilly has a full schedule in London with the 400m (T53), 800m (T53), 1500m (T54) and the marathon (T54) remaining. "I have five events, so this is just my first one and hopefully the next one I can do just as well," she said.