LAURA Gallagher’s Olympic dream ended in bitter disappointment this morning when she failed to complete her second routine at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo.
After her compulsory routine the 32-year-old member of the Quayside Trampoline and Gymnastics Club in Bridgwater stood a good chance of finishing in the top eight qualifiers and thereby securing a place in the final.
But on the first element of her voluntary routine she inexplicably landed on the mat on the side of the trampoline and was therefore unable to continue.
Sue Bramble, her long-term coach, said: “It’s years since I’ve seen her do that. She must have practised the routine a thousand times and then this happened.
“I’m really, really sad for Laura.
” I’ve seen all her training videos and she’s been looking really good.
“She was training right, she was mentally in a really good place. Everything was just ready for her to perform.
“Sadly, it just wasn’t her day. These things happen in trampolining, just as they do in other sports.
“But it won’t define her as an athlete, she’s such an inspiring person. I’m really proud of her.”
Fortunately there was some small for Laura compensation as her team-mate, Bryony Page, claimed the bronze medal to add to the silver she won in Rio De Janeiro in 2016.
The event was won by Zhu Xueying of China with compatriot Liu Lingling in the silver medal position.