Tracy Bezance missed out on a medal as injury struck at the European Veterans Indoor Athletics Championships.
The City of Portsmouth talent travelled to San Sebastian in Spain hopeful of success.
But a recurrence of a tendon injury put paid to a podium finish in the 400m.
Bezance had to settle for fourth in the final of the event.
That was after the 48-year-old made it through to the last stage after winning her semi-final.
Bezance clocked 65.56sec in the semis but could follow up with only a 65.58 effort in the final.
A time of 64.70 was enough for her to win the British Masters Championships in Lee Valley earlier this month.
Bezance has also ran 62.18 this season – which would have been enough to pick up a silver medal in Spain.
Her coach, Gerry North, believes she can take pride from her efforts on the continent.
North believes Bezance also showed grit to compete after she was hit with the problem before going to the competition.
North said: ‘Tracy has been suffering with tendon trouble.
‘That has forced her to miss a lot of training.
‘When she won the British Masters she saw a physio who told her to rest completely for a week before San Sebastian.
‘So that wasn’t the best preparation for her going into the competition.
‘She won her semi-final quite easily.
‘But afterwards her tendon was really sore.
‘That affected her performance in the final.
‘If she ran the time she had this season it would have given her a silver medal.
‘She’s not too down but is bound to be a little disappointed.
‘She knows if she didn’t have these injury problems she could have got a medal.
‘But obviously missing that training and an injury was going to be a problem.
‘For Tracy to finish fourth in Europe is still an excellent result, though.
‘There was strong representation from different countries.’