Great Britain Women’s Sevens captain Emily Scarratt summed up the side’s emotions after finishing fourth in Rio following their loss to Canada.
After being well beaten by New Zealand in the semi-finals Team GB were never truly at the races against Canada in the battle for Bronze, with the Canadians’ outstanding work at the breakdown seeing them home with ease.
Scarratt added that while missing out on a medal was a major blow, she hoped that the action in Rio would inspire people back home to take up the sport.
“We are massively disappointed. We came to this tournament wanting a medal, and we’ve come up a little bit short,” Scarratt told the Press Association.
“The girls gave it everything, and sometimes it’s just not enough. Fair play to Canada, they were the better side, they executed better than we did, and they are rightfully going to have that medal round their necks.
“We are disappointed at the moment, but this (Olympics) has been a phenomenal experience, bringing rugby to the world stage.
“It’s been amazing, and if we’ve inspired a couple of people back home, then we are doing a decent job. We are just sorry we didn’t bring home a medal.”
Heather Fisher added: “I just feel empty.
“We set out for gold, but lost to New Zealand and then had to focus on bronze and left ourselves too much to do at half-time.
“You don’t go on the pitch to lose, you go on the pitch to give your absolute all to win. You hope that when you turn up, you will do what you have worked for your whole life.
“New Zealand were the better team in the first game, but we didn’t show up against Canada.
“I don’t know what happened. Our basics let us down.
“They say it is not about the destination, it’s the journey, and at moments like this you have to try and think about that. A medal just wasn’t meant to be.”