Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Painful Fourth for Spofforth despite Late Comeback in Pool; Anguish: Spofforth Missed out on a Medal

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Painful Fourth for Spofforth despite Late Comeback in Pool; Anguish: Spofforth Missed out on a Medal

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Byline: IAN CHADBAND

GEMMA SPOFFORTH almost joined the British womens medal spree in the Water Cube today only to be left feeling pained when she realised she had missed out by the length of a fingernail.

The 20-year-old from Shoreham swam the race of her life in the 100 metres backstroke to smash the European record but when she looked up at the scoreboard to learn shed been pipped for the bronze by just four-hundredths of a second, she could not hide her disappointment.

Im sure Ill calm down and realise that I was fourth in an Olympic final, an incredible achievement, but its just so painful to look up at the scoreboard and see how close I was to a medal, bemoaned the Florida-based student, who has already made a name for herself in the US as their collegiate champion.

Feeling inspired by the heroics of gold medal winner Becky Adlington the previous day, Spofforth was one from last at the turn but began to pick off her rivals in the final straight and gave it all in the last 15m, almost catching American Margaret Hoelzer for the bronze at the wall but ending up with just the consolation of a new UK mark of 59. …

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