Gemma Spofforth showed plenty of fight to secure a fifth-placed finish in the final of the Olympic 100m backstroke final tonight.
The Portsmouth Northsea ace was among the contenders for a medal at London’s Aquatic Centre.
But, despite a fine start from lane seven, she could not gain a podium place.
Spofforth finished in a time of 59.20sec in a race won by America’s Missy Franklin (58.33).
Former Portsmouth High School pupil Spofforth was delighedjust to make it to London 2012 after a difficult few years, which included the death of her mother from cancer.
And despite missing out on a medal, the 100m world record holder was proud of her performance.
Spofforth said: ‘I wanted a medal so I’m a bit disappointed.
‘I’ve always said it’s the journey and not the destination. Everything happens for a reason and I am just really enjoying my swimming right now.
‘I have been rock-bottom but it’s great to be back enjoying life again and have my passion back for life and swimming.’