SINGAPORE - Singapore swimmer Tao Li came in 10th out of the 16 semi-finalist after the Olympic 100m women's butterfly semi-finals held earlier today.
Despite bettering her timing of 58.34 seconds in the morning heats, her semi-final timing of 58.18 seconds fell short of the required 57 seconds to place her in the top eight, dashing Singapore's hope for a gold at the finals on Sunday.
The 22-year-old expressed disappointment at her placing, although she was satisfied with her result. "The others were simply too fast. There was nothing I could do," she said.
She attributed her unsatisfactory performance to the short period spent with coach Ian Turner, who took over her former coach Barry Prime less than a year ago.
Her compatriot Jasmine Ser also failed to make the finals of the women's 10m air rifle event.
She finished 24th out of the 56 shooters with a score of 394 out of 400, three points short of the 397 needed to make the final eight.
The gold medal of the sport eventually went to China's Yi Siling, who won the event with an overall score of 502.9.
Tao will be competing in the 100m backstroke heats on Sunday, while Ser still has the women's 50m rifle 3 positions heats to be held on Aug 4.