A disappointed Luuka Jones feels she didn't represent herself well at the London Olympics after failing to qualify for the final in the women's K1 slalom kayaking.
The 23-year-old from Bay of Plenty snuck into the semifinals as the 15th and last qualifier, but she had high hopes of progressing to the top-10 final and paddle for medals here at the Lee Valley course north of London.
First out of the blocks, she started well but hit gate No 9 and lost momentum over the second part of her run and came in at 121.41 seconds.
She then watched as 13 of the 14 remaining competitiors bettered her time, resulting in a 14th placed finish overall.
"It was just quite disappointing, I didn't really represent myself very well," Jones said as she wandered through the media mixed zone.
"I went out there with hope of putting down a fast time and making the final but it didn't really happen.
"I was having quite a good top section then I came into the upstream and hit it, then I tried to make up some time and cut some lines which wasn't very advantageous. It cost me more time in the end."
Jones bettered her result in Beijing by seven places but was struggling for positives.
"It has been a huge improvement since Beijing, when I did finish last, but I know I was capable of making the final today and it's just disappointing."
Poland's Natalia Pacierpnik was the fastest qualifer for the final, 14s quicker than Jones.
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