GUNNERSBURY girl Amber Simukonda’s Olympic dream was over pretty much as soon as it had begun in yesterday’s London 2012 women’s 400m heats.
Simukonda, competing for her native Malawi, came fifth in heat five of the first round of races, clocking 54.20 secs and failing to progress.
The Thames Valley Harriers sprinter had looked like missing out on the Games altogether after failing to make the Olympic standard mark of 51.55 secs in qualifying.
However, the 28 year old paralegal was allowed in through a loophole which allows a country to enter male and female athlete into both the athletics and swimming events if nobody from the nations has made the standard time.
There was the consolation that Simukonda’s time was enough to beat her previous personal best of 54.32 secs – but it still was not enough.