Will Bayley had to settle for a Paralympic silver medal after losing 3-1 to the defending champion Jochen Wollmert in the class seven table tennis final.
The 24-year-old Brit drew level at one game all but the veteran German proved too strong, completing a hat-trick of Paralympic singles titles with an 11-8 4-11 11-5 11-4 victory.
Bayley, who was born with arthrogryposis, trains at the English institute of Sport in Sheffield. He topped the world rankings this year but Wollmert always loomed as his biggest rival for Paralympic gold.
Bayley was understandably fired up, fist-pumping in celebration with every point he won and he was roared on the partisan ExCel Centre crowd.
But it was the veteran German who started fastest, opening a 4-1 lead in the opening game before closing out the first game 11-8.
Bailey, making his Paralympic debut, responded determinedly.
He won the first two points of the second game and then fended off a brief rally from Wollmert to take it 11-4 and draw level in the match.
But Wollmert resumed control to take the third 11-5 and the final game 11-4.
“It feels disappointing at the moment because I got to the final and I thought I had a really good chance of winning it,” Bayley said. “I am sorry to the people who came to watch and sorry to my coach.”