Aimee Willmott’s hope of winning an Olympic medal was shattered because Aimee Willmott was unable to compete at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.
The 28-year-old from Middlesbrough passed the second fastest qualifying in the 400m individual medley final.
However, the effort of the session on Sunday night was a big sacrifice as Wilmot declined and finished in 7th place behind home heroine Yui Ohashi, who won the second gold medal in Japan.
Wilmot’s final time of 4: 38.30 was three seconds behind the qualifying swim.
Americans Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger got silver and bronze.
She states: “I was shocked by the heat, but it was always hard to get it back and I didn’t have time.
“After doing the same thing in Rio, I seem to be the seventh, but I’m happy with my career.”
Her disappointment came shortly after Max Litchfield missed an unlikely medal as a 400m individual medley handinger.
Richfield, Yorkshire, whose younger brother Joe also belongs to Team GB, was in seventh place behind the Butterfly Leg in the latest qualifying.
But when American Chase Kalisz left the field on a breaststroke leg and demanded money ahead of his compatriot Jay Livingston, Richfield made his move.
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A good freestyle effort closed the gap for the 26-year-old, but failed to reach Australian bronze medalist Brendon Smith.
Richfield finished fourth at 4: 10.59, two tenths behind Smith.
Kalisz won 4: 09.42. This is more than five seconds off Michael Phelps’ 2008 Olympic and world records.
In the men’s 400m, Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnowi, the slowest in qualifying, shocked him in the second half of the race.
The 18-year-old was 50 meters away from Australian Jack McLoughlin, but finished like a train at 3:43:36, with Kelan Smith of the United States in third place.
Team GB Aimee Willmott failed to win the first Olympic medal in 7th place finish in individual medleys
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