Rio 2016: Ofili so close to Olympic bronze
PUBLISHED: 07:52 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 07:52 18 August 2016
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Porter finishes seventh in 100m hurdles final
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies’ Cindy Ofili just missed out on a bronze medal in the final of the women’s Olympic 100 hurdles in Rio last night.
The 21-year-old clocked a season’s best time of 12.63seconds but lost out to Kristi Castlin by just two-hundredths of a second as the United States claimed a clean sweep of the medals.
“I think once I get home I’ll be able to figure out what I just did and I’ll be very proud,” said Ofili.
“I thought I had a shot of bronze when I crossed but I kind of knew I was fourth. It was hard, but I am still happy with my performance.
“I gave it the best I had so I am happy. Being here with my sister Tiffany has been great.
“Tiffany and I work very well together. Before the final, we prayed together and we share this whole experience together, which is amazing.
“It is exciting and this result opens opportunities. It has been a hard year but an experience like this at the Olympic Games is great and it bodes well for the future.”
Elder sister Tiffant Porter, 28, finished seventh in 12.76 and added: “I’m really proud of myself. It’s been a difficult year for me, so to maintain my composure in that final, I’m proud of myself for that.
“More importantly I’m proud of how my sister handled herself. It was a big relief to have each other in the final. She and I are each other’s biggest competitors, but at the same time each other’s biggest support.
“Having her alongside me to experience this I think is bittersweet now, but we’ll appreciate it in the years to come.”