Katie Armitage’s first major senior global final has ended with an eighth-place finish in the 100m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games.
The 18-year-old former Queens' School student, representing host nation Scotland, had performed very impressively to reach this evening's showdown for the medals, setting personal bests in both the heats and semi-finals to qualify seventh fastest at Tollcross Swimming Centre.
Drawn in lane one, Armitage was in the frame on the first length as Jamaican Alia Atkinson again went out hard, seeking to dominate from the gun and turning in 30.81.
The action continued to come from the faster swimmers in the middle lanes as Atkinson was overhauled by England's Sophie Taylor, who set a superb British record to clinch gold in 1.06.35.
Atkinson (1.08.16) also lost out in the race for silver as Australian Lorna Tonks took second on 1.07.34, with Armitage finishing the race of 1.09.56 - her slowest time of the competition.
A former competitor for both Bushey and Watford swimming Clubs, the experience of competing at one of the world's biggest multi-sport events should stand Armitage in good stead as she begins a scholarship at Florida Gulf Coast University.