Abbie Wood suffers Olympic heartbreak as she finishes 11 HUNDREDS of a second off a bronze medal for Team GB despite the best swim of her life in the women’s 200m individual medley
Abbie Wood painfully missed winning another swimming medal for Great Britain when she finished fourth in the 200m individual medley.
The 22-year-old criminology student was still on the hunt for gold as he entered the final meters, but was even hit for a podium finish despite a personal best of 2 minutes 9.15 seconds.
Wood finished just 0.11 seconds behind US bronze medalist Kate Douglass, with Japanese favorite Yui Ohashi winning in 2:08.52 ahead of US Alex Walsh. Fellow Briton Alicia Wilson finished eighth.
Team GB star Abbie Wood finished outside the podium in the women’s 200m individual medley final
“It’s just stripping,” said a tearful Wood. “It was such a close race and I knew it was going to be like this. It was the one who got to the wall first.
“It’s bittersweet. I am happy with the time. I knew I couldn’t have done much more. If it was from my PB and I got fourth it would have been a lot worse.
“All I could see was the American next to me. Maybe in the race I got a little excited about that and just forgot the last 5 meters and put my hand on the wall.
“Obviously I haven’t seen the girls on the other side, so it’s hard to be in the middle. You have to keep an eye on everyone. I felt I was running the way I wanted. I think that’s just sport.’
The 22-year-old was just a agonizing 0.11 second adrift of bronze medalist Kate Douglass
Just four years ago, Wood had nearly retired from the sport after feeling ’embarrassed’ when she crashed at the age of 18 at the 2017 World Championships.
Wood, who also swims in the 200m breaststroke, added: “I have a moment where I have to remember that in 2017 I was persuaded to quit after my first worlds.
‘Since then I’ve really grown as a person. Just really grown up. You have to remember moments like these to make sure they don’t feel so rough.’
Wilson came home in 2:12.86 to finish eighth behind Hungarian great Katinka Hosszu