Cindy Ofili and her older sister Tiffany Porter celebrated reaching their first Olympicfinal together in the women’s 100m hurdles.
But their joy ended there as they were run out of the medals by a trio of Americans headed by new champion Brianna Rollins.
The strength of American sprint hurdling is such that Kendra Harrison, who broke the world record in London last month, did not even make their team.
Ofili and Porter are also US-born but proudly represent Britain and it was Cindy who came closest to adding to Team GB’s medal haul with a fourth placed finish in 12.63secs.
It was cruel on the 22-year-old that she missed out on bronze by a 0.02secs – leaving Shirley Strong’s silver at the 1984 Los Angeles Games as Britain’s most recent medal in the event.
Ofili said: “I can only be happy with this performance. It was a great race. I have had an off-and-on year so I am just happy to almost get a medal.”
Her sister added: “It has been a very difficult year for me but to be honest I am very proud of myself and tremendously proud of my sister. I want to see myself succeed but I want to see my sister succeed as well.”