KAT Driscoll missed out on a place in a historic trampolining Olympic final by a fraction of a mark on Saturday.
The 26-year-old from West Rainton 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 who trains at Washington, 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.”
Driscoll 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,” Driscoll 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.”
H Britain’s Louis Smith could go back on his word and set his sights on winning gold in Rio after he was beaten to the Olympic pommel horse crown by arch-rival Krisztian Berki.
Smith won silver in yesterday’s final after he watched the gold slip through his fingers when he posted the same score as the Hungarian double world champion, 16.066, with Berki taking the Olympic title on a tie-break due to a marginally higher execution mark.
After the men’s five won team bronze last week, Smith said that London could be his last Games.
At the time, he said: “I don’t know if I’ll be there in four years’ time, but I’m sure some of these young ones will be. In four years’ time, I’ll be 27 – I want kids by then.”
However, following yesterday’s silver medal result in the tightest of circumstances, the Peterborough-born gymnast admitted he could still try to win Olympic gold one final time.
“There’s so many things up in the air,” he said. “I’d love to settle down and have kids and do the other route of life but at the same time gold is the only medal not in my collection from the Olympic Games.
“But then you’ve got juniors coming through, keeping me on my toes. Have they got room for just a pommel horse specialist?
“I feel like I’m at my peak. It all depends on what Krisztian’s doing. If he finishes then I can be top dog for once so I’ve got a lot of things to think about.”
Briton Max Whitlock won a surprise bronze for Team GB after he posted an impressive 15.600.