Driscoll sad to miss trampoline final
August 4, 2012 17:53 pm
Great Britain trampolinist Kat Driscoll was devastated as she missed out on a place in a historic Olympic final by a fraction of a mark.
The 26-year-old finished in ninth place with a score of 100.985, just 0.010 points behind Russia's last-placed qualifier Victoria Voronina. Canada's Rosannagh MacLennan won gold with a score of 57.305 ahead of China's Huang Shanshan in silver and 2008 Olympic champion He Wenna in bronze.
The result is still Britain's best ever finish in Olympic trampoline, which made its debut at the 2000 Sydney Games, beating Claire Wright's 10th place finish four years ago.
However, Driscoll, the British number one, was distraught after losing out to such a slim margin. "I feel like I should have been in the final, but never mind," Driscoll said.
"I don't know. You hope you've done enough and then you have to sit and watch and hope something comes of it.
"To finish ninth when the top eight make the final is a horrible position to be in."
The Tyne and Wear trampolinist had to watch as Savannah Vinsant of the United States snatched the last place in the top eight, pushing Driscoll out by the slimmest of margins in an agonising end to qualification.
Despite the disappointment, Driscoll praised the British crowd who showed massive support during her two routines. "The crowd were fantastic," she said. "To compete in front of them was an honour. I'll never get that back, a fantastic thing to be a part of.
"It is the highest finish we've had in the Olympics for a woman but it's so disappointing to be less than a tenth."
China's He led qualification after the compulsory and voluntary routines ahead of team-mate Huang, with Tatsiana Piatrenia in third.
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