Wandsworth’s Emma Pooley’s hopes punctured as she finishes 14th in Rio 2016 time trial

Wandsworth-born Emma Pooley had her hopes of a medal in the women’s time trial dashed as she finished in a disappointing 14th this afternoon.

Pooley completed in a time of 46.31, more than two minutes adrift of eventual winner American Kristin Armstrong.

Pooley, who won silver in the same event in the Beijing Olympics, was in third position as she crossed the line, but quickly slipped down the leaderboard as later riders finished.

The result rounds off an underwhelming Olympics for the Cambridge-educated cyclist, coming off the back of a finish well down the field in the road race.

Team GB selected her ahead of Dani King as they backed her to reproduce her Beijing heroics, but she never really got going in the race, struggling in the wet and windy conditions.

The medals were taken by Armstrong, who also triumphed in 2008 and 2012, with Russian Olga Zabelinskaya winning silver and Dutch rider Anna Van Der Breggen rounding out the podium.

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