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Over and over again it has been said that Tao Li is one for the big occasion, a swimmer who saves her best performances for the biggest stages.
Now we know why.
Arms loosely by her side as she addressed the media last night at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre, the Singapore swim star said simply: "I enjoy that attention."
The 24-year-old had aimed to defend the Asian Games 50m butterfly crown she has owned since the 2006 Doha Games.
In last night's final, she hit the pad top stop the clock at 26.46 seconds, 0.18 faster than her time in the morning heats.
But she fell short, beaten to gold -soundly - by China's Lu Ying, whose time of 25.83sec not only ended Tao's dream of a three-peat, but also eclipsed the Singaporean's Asian Games record of 26.10.
Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 23.
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