GLASGOW'S Imogen Bankier could not hide her disappointment when she limped out in the group stages at London 2012.
However, the badminton ace claimed she will seize the smallest of silver linings against the world No.1s tomorrow.
Bankier and Chris Adcock won world silver last year and as a result, returned to Wembley hoping for another trip to the podium on the Olympic stage.
But after defeat against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina of Russia, the British duo knew the pressure was on against Germany's Michael Fuchs and Birgit Michels yesterday.
Despite an impressive start, Bankier and Adcock crashed to a 21-11, 17-21, 14-21 loss, leaving their hopes of an Olympic medal in tatters.
Making their elimination more difficult to stomach is the fact that the Brits are out before they face China's world champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, their Wembley conquerors a year ago, in their third group game.
Now Bankier says the road to Rio 2016 will start with the match against their Chinese opponents.
"We got a good start but we're gutted, really disappointed," she said.
"We did everything we could but that's the Olympic Games, it can be tough.
"We worked so hard to get here. We've got one more game and we want to repay the crowd who have supported us.
"It's a rematch of the world final so if anything can motivate you it's that. Hopefully we can go home knowing we gave it our all."
In both defeats, Adcock and Bankier have taken the first set but their opponents have fought back to win.
Bankier denied the expectation that comes with a home Olympics was why the British duo let their leads slip.
She said: "Tactics are something we need to look at.
"They managed to grind back into it and get a rhythm. Unfortunately both pairs adapted and we need to address that.
"At one set all we tried to start again, get the crowd involved so the crowd could pull us through.
"But we gave them a few cheap ones.
"We're a pair. We win as a pair, we lose as a pair."
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