Rio Olympics: Brianna Throssell does Kalamunda swimming club proud

Rio Olympics: Brianna Throssell does Kalamunda swimming club proud

IT was all guts and no glory for former Guildford and Kalamunda Districts Swimming Club junior Brianna Throssell in the 200m women’s butterfly final in Rio.

The 20-year-old, making her Olympic debut, came into the final rankings with the seventh best time.

She kept up with the pack throughout the race but touched the wall in last position.

Throssell, who was identified as a talent as a youngster under Kalamunda head coach Brett Tongue, finished with a time of 2:07.87, which was outside her best.

The University of Notre Dame student recorded a better time in the heats, coming in at 2:07.76.

“As part of the swimming fraternity, we’re incredibly proud that we had a hand in her development along the way, however small,” club president Mel Van De Velde said.

The title of Australia’s new Madame Butterfly is still up for grabs, but Australia’s Maddy Groves looks set to inherit it from the great Australian champion Susie O’Neill. She finished second in 2:04.88 and took home the silver.

Spain’s Mireia Belmonte won the gold in 2:04.85. Australia has won more medals in the fly than any other event.

Sportsbet was paying $34 for Throssell to win a medal.

Throssell had previously won seven bronze medals at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic games.