There was no medal to celebrate for Phil Healy in the final of the 400 metres at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun, Poland.
Some satisfaction for the Cork athlete, though, in setting a PB of 51.94.
In a field stacked of talented runners. Healy pushed hard in the final 100 metres, but was just two tenths of a second short in making the podium.
"It's a European final, it's a PB, it's a fourth place," was Healy's summation of her third run at these championships when speaking to RTÉ Sport.
"Getting to a final is bonus territory. It's my third run since yesterday morning. I'm buzzing from that performance in a world-class field.
At the bell, Healy did try to put herself in the mix, but things got a little bumpy. Recalling that final lap, she added: "I knew it was going to be close at the bell. I has the speed and maybe I should have pushed a little bit more into a better position but I'm really happy with how I finished.
"You win some, you learn from more but to come away with fourth in a European final, I'm thrilled."
Healy went on to say that she hopes to run in both the 200 metres and 400 metres at the Tokyo Olympics.
Nadia Power and Mark English all had to settle for fourth spot in their respective 800- metres semi-finals, while 18-year-old Cian McPhillips was subsequently elevated from fourth to third after a superb run.
Power hit the front at the bell and tried to dictate affairs, but started hurting on the final lap, 150 metres out, and could not renew an effort to get her into the top two. Her time was 2:04.04
Speaking afterwards to RTÉ Sport, the Dublin City Harriers athlete said: "I wanted to run to my strength to hit it hard in the middle of the race. I have no regrets. It didn't work today but at least I was brave and went for it. It has still been a great season and I have learned a lot."
Reflecting on her season so far, Power added: "I am super proud: it would have been nice to get to a European final. I wasn't even going to do the European Indoors up until the end of January, then I decided I would, as the goal was always the Olympics.
"I learned a lot and it was good to do a senior championship. I'm super disappointed today and it's going to be difficult to take a break as I want to get back training again and prepare for the summer."
Longford native McPhillips ran a commendable race in his semi-final, clocking a time of 1:48.06. In doing so, he set a new European U-20 record.
He placed fourth initially but was elevated to third after the disqualification of Poland's Mateusz Borkowski.
There was a fast pace set throughout, which McPhillips "found hard".
"I knew they were going to go out hard, but I didn't think they'd be that quick." he revealed to RTÉ Sport.
An honest assessment of his run was underlined when McPhillips said "he wasn't at the races today" and "that running two races in two days was tough".
In terms of positives, he added: It was great to get the experience here but unfortunately I wasn't strong enough today."
Looking ahead, McPhillips will head for the European Juniors, where the 1500 metres will be his priority.
As for Mark English, he was poised to make a dash for it ahead of the final lap, but the kick never came and he was more or less running on fumes in the final 50 metres. His time was 1:48.99.
On the night, the Letterkenny native opted to hang back and then make his move. On that approach, he said: "I tried to go out yesterday and stay on the leader's shoulders but that didn't work. I went back to see what worked for me in the past, like in the European final in 2014. Look it wasn't to be today.
"I only came here to get some experience for Tokyo. At the end of this year, that's all that anyone will be talking about."
Sean Tobin will compete in the 3,000m final after running a personal best time in Saturday's heats.
The Clonmel man finished fifth in 7:47.71 to qualify as the second fastest runner-up, all three of which came from his heat.
"I felt smooth, I was comfortable all the way," he told RTÉ Sport. "I was trying to stop people from coming around me. I was very confident I could finish top three. I know there is a lot more in me."
Speaking before his final spot was confirmed, Tobin added: "I know I belong there. I feel I should be a part of it."
The 26-year-old's final (Live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player) is at 4.52pm Irish time on Sunday.
John Travers (8:05.96), and Brian Fay (7:56.13) finished eighth and seventh respectively in their heats.
Sarah Lavin shaved six hundredths of a second off her PB as she ran a superb 8.03 to qualify for tomorrow's semi-finals of the 60m hurdles.
The Limerick woman wasn't disturbed by a false start in her heat as she came in third behind reigning champion Nadine Visser of the Netherlands and Cynthia Sember of Great Britain.
Lavin (26) was already the second fastest Irish woman ever over the 60m hurdles (behind Derval O'Rourke) and goes again from 12.30pm on Sunday.
"It was a tough draw, with the world number one beside you [Nadine Visser], but I'm delighted," she told RTÉ Sport. "To run a PB at a Championships, that’s all that matters."
In the 60m, former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Leon Reid finished fifth in his heat in a time of 6.75, seven hundredths of a second slower than the second fastest Irish time ever that he ran in Dublin two weeks ago.
Israel Olatunde ran 6.79 and was fourth in what was his major championship debut while Dean Adams ran 6.89 to finish seventh in his heat.