Kelly Proper was just outside her season's best finishing 6th in her 200m heat in 23.28 seconds at the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing.
Drawn in lane 8, Proper (Ferrybank) ran an aggressive bend and was in contention going into the straight but was just run out in the closing stages. USA's Jeneba Tarmoh won in 22.79.
It says something when the shortest of the three events I have signed up for this season is likely to be Ironman Wales in September. Of the other two the Belfast 24-hour is the longest. However when it comes to the toughest I'm hoping certain that none will compare to the Wicklow Way Solo - 81 miles of up and down with a total elevation gain in excess of 13,000 feet - although in fairness the last 5km are flat, which allows for a speedy run-in to the finish - assuming you haven't thrashed your legs in the preceding 125 km (126 this year as Coillte added an extra km to detour around tree felling).