Baulkham Hills wheelchair racer Rosemary Little came within a whisker of adding a second Paralympic medal to her haul with a fourth place finish in the women’s T34 200m event on Thursday night.
The 30-year-old, of the Hills District Athletics Club, lost out to British home favourite Hannah Cockroft who won gold with a Paralympic record of 31.90 seconds, and Dutch duo Amy Siemons (34.16) and Desiree Vranken (34.85), who claimed silver and bronze.
Little said she was disappointed not to win a second Paralympic medal but was proud with her effort on the night.
‘‘I knew my arms were spasming and they had no strength going through them tonight,’’ Little said.
‘‘Unfortunately with dystonia it’s the luck of the draw.
‘‘I only started training seriously in December and racing in January so I’m happy with my achievements.
‘‘I’ve never [competed] in front of such a crowd like this, the roar is deafening.
Hills District Athletics Club teammate Kristy Pond bowed out in the heats with a fifth placed finish.
Meanwhile, Parramatta Cycling Club representative Simone Kennedy failed to add to her silver medal medal from last week after finishing sixth in the individual C1-3 road race.
Kennedy was considered outside chance to medal again after her second place finish in the C1-2-3 individual pursuit but struggled in the outdoor race at Brands Hatch.
Battling the notorious fickle English weather Kennedy clocked 1.52:32 in the final.
The 18-year-old speedster has targeted a personal best time but said her main aim was to soak up the experience.
‘‘This time last year I wasn’t even in contention [for the Paralympics] and hadn’t qualified,’’ Kennedy said.
Teammate Jayme Paris, a former pupil at Jasper Road Public School, Baulkham Hills failed to finish the race.
Paris will take consolation from her bronze medal ride in the women’s C1-2-3 individual time trial last week.