Georgie Twigg: We must pick ourselves up and win the bronze
GEORGIE Twigg left the Riverbank Arena pitch in tears last night after Great Britain's golden dream was dashed by Argentina – but the Clifton Ladies star has vowed to leave the Games with a bronze medal.
The University of Bristol law graduate, the youngest member of the Great Britain hockey squad at 21, was heartbroken after her side's 2-1 semi-final defeat to Argentina.
They will instead contest bronze against New Zealand tomorrow afternoon (3.30pm), while Argentina go for gold against the Netherlands.
"We were really happy with how we played – we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net," said Twigg.
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"I'm just absolutely devastated we've lost the game. I think we'll be happy with how we performed – and we showed our fighting spirit – but it just wasn't our day. We wanted that gold medal so badly. We trained day-in and day-out – and to lose in the semi-final is one of the hardest things.
"Obviously, we're disappointed – but we've now got to pick ourselves up, because we're not going home empty-handed. We've worked so hard for the last few years and we're not going away without that bronze medal."
Great Britain's women, playing in their first Olympic semi-final since 1996, were up against an Argentina side who had taken medals from each of the last three Olympics.
And Britain's bid to reach a first ever Olympic final was thwarted by first-half goals from Noel Burrionuevo and Carla Rebecchi. Burrionuevo drove home from a sixth-minute penalty corner, before Rebecchi showed intricate close control and finished from the tightest of angles to make it 2-0 three minutes before half-time.
Great Britain had the better of the play in the second half, going close through Alex Danson from a penalty corner and then Helen Richardson. But Argentina, led by the sublime Luciana Aymar, were cool under the barrage of British pressure – until Danson grabbed a lifeline with five minutes to play. But the host nation were unable to find a way through to force extra-time – and must now be content with a play-off for bronze.
"Without a doubt, we'll be going out on the pitch against New Zealand and fighting our hearts out again," said Twigg. "We're going home with that bronze medal."
"The support has been absolutely amazing – the crowd spur you on and keep you going.
"It's just so devastating not to have got to the final. The support has been amazing and they will be there for us again for the bronze medal match – and hopefully we can get that medal."
Burnham-on-Sea BMX ace Liam Phillips, 23, made a solid start to his campaign, finishing 12th of 32 riders in yesterday's seeding run time-trial. Phillips, who broke his collarbone only ten weeks ago, is next in action in the second heat of today's quarter-finals, which begin at 3pm.
Bristol-born diver Stacie Powell finished 20th in the preliminary round of the 10m platform at the Aquatics Centre with a score of 287.30 and will not contest today's semi-finals. China's Ruolin Chen finished first with a score of 392.35.