HOLLIE Arnold threw a personal best but it wasn’t enough to earn her a medal in the Paralympics javelin final on Saturday night.
The former Cordeaux student, who grew up in Holton le Clay, threw 36.27 metres, the best of her career, in the F46 javelin event but that was only enough for fifth place.
That came in her very last throw and immediately after she was overcome with emotion in front of a noisy home crowd.
Inside a packed Olympic Stadium, Hollie took on the world’s best and finished six places above her 2008 Beijing time.
In the end Polish star Katarzyna Piekart took gold with a huge throw of over 41 metres, a new world record.
Hollie, who was born without a lower right forearm, will now take a break and plans a trip back to her home town to be comforted by her friends and family.
“I wish I had more throws because that last throw felt right for me and if I had probably one more throw I might have gone up to third position,” said the 18-year-old.
“The crowd was amazing and I could see my mum and dad and that made me smile inside and I just got a bit emotional.
“I am going to take about three weeks off now and chill out. I plan to go and see my family for a few weeks but then I will be straight back into the training.
“I’m living in Wales now so I’m looking forward to seeing my family back in Grimsby and I know they will all comfort me.
“I will come back stronger and already Rio is in my thoughts.”
She continued by warning her fellow athletes that she will be back stronger in 2016.
“There were some incredible athletes out there and I am only young,” she said.
“I will just have to forget about this now and concentrate on Rio. Rio is going to be my time I’m going to be so much older, stronger and fitter. I am looking forward to it underneath the tears.
“I was a bit nervous coming into the competition as I’m only very young, and I did not expect to win a gold. But Rio is going to be my time, so watch out.”