IT may have been a glorious week for Team GB, but not all of Chester’s Olympians were able to get their hands on a medal.
Gymnast Beth Tweddle’s best efforts were not enough to swing the uneven bars competition her way.
The 23-year-old from Bunbury suffered a rib injury before the competition but still managed to compete in her favourite discipline. She managed to scrape through into the final only to finish fourth, behind winner He Kexin of China.
Tweddle said: “I came into this final in last place, so I just had to go out there and do it and I am pleased with my performance. I am not disappointed with fourth.”
While former King’s School pupil Tom James got the gold, another ex-King’s rower was not on stroke for the Olympics. Chester-born Olivia Whitlam, 22, became World Under 23 pairs champion in July 2007. But in this year’s World Cup series she came 12th in the pairs and, together with new partner Louisa Reeve, finished last out of six in her final.
Former Kingsley resident Paula Radcliffe was nowhere near the medals after an injury-strewn run-up to the women’s marathon. The one-time Frodsham Harrier, 34, came in 23rd claiming that her “legs had gone”.