In Thursday’s tiring 10K open water race Keri-Anne Payne, 24, waved goodbye to an Olympic medal despite her best efforts.
The sportswoman swam into fourth place in the final narrowly missing out on a bronze by only 0.4 seconds.
Spectators at Hyde Park witnessed Team GBbattle it out against Italy's Martina Grimaldi for third position at the Serpentine.
The two-hour swim saw Payne compete closely with the leaders for the initial part of the race, butwas in fifth place coming in to the last lap.
"I tried to get up to the lead but they played me at my own game,” Payne told the BBC.
"I just made a bad decision on the third lap. I knew we had to feed, but it was a bad decision [to do it then] unfortunately,” she added.
"It all went wrong as I needed to work pretty hard to get back where I needed to be."
It is believed that PM David Cameron and fellow Olympian Rebecca Adlington were among those in the crowd.
Withhigh hopes for Payne to become another successful female medallist, she was unable to add to her collection having gained a silver medal at Beijing Olympics in 2008.
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