Singapore's swimming star Tao Li failed to qualify for the women's 100m butterfly finals at the London Olympics on Saturday.
The 22-year-old, who is the Republic's best medal prospect in the pool, only managed to clock 58.18 seconds in the first semi-final held at the London Olympic Park's Aquatics Centre.
She finished fourth in her race, behind Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (57.27s), Chinese duo Lu Ying (57.51s) and Jiao Liuyang (58.04s).
Despite managing to improve on the 58.34s timing she clocked during the morning heats, Tao's efforts placed her as the 10th fastest out of a field of 16 in the semi-finals. Only the top eight makes the final.
America's Dana Vollmer continued her hot streak when she clocked the fastest qualifying time of 56.36s. Following behind were Australia's Alicia Coutts (56.85s) and Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (57.25s).
For Tao, her performance was a disappointment given that she had finished fifth in the same event at the last Games in Beijing four years ago.Read More »from Tao Li fails to make 100m butterfly final