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Beijing Olympics 2008

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16 September 2008

Williams’ medal hopes dashed by rain

Claire Williams finished fifth in the F12 Discus after a downpour affected her medal chances in Beijing.

The Loughborough–based athlete was set for her second round of throws in the packed Bird's Nest Stadium when the heavens opened across Beijing to all but end the competition.

Eventual medalists Tamara Sivakova, of Belarus, home favourite Liangmin Zhang, and Elizabeth Almada, of Argentina, had all completed their competition before the rain came.

And Williams, 27, who finished fifth with a best throw of 35.01m, admitted she knew it was over as soon as the first raindrop fell.

"I'm really happy to have competed but I could have done so much better than that," said Williams, who is coached by Charnwood's Mark Edwards.

"As soon as I stepped up, the rain came. My first couple of throws were just safe throws but, as soon as I went to step up my game, the rain kicked in and it was a complete wash-out and there wasn't much you could do about it.

"If it had happened 30 minutes earlier I would have been happy because I have had so many competitions in the rain that I knew it would be to my advantage.

"But by the time the rain came gold, silver and bronze had already been decided as you couldn't match those throws in the wet.

"Those are the worst conditions I have ever competed in. There were no surprises in the medalists but, with 38m good enough for bronze, I know I should have been good enough."

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