Zoe Derham's bad day at the office appears not to have done any long-term damage to her career after she was named in the Great Britain squad for next month's European Championships.
The Birchfield Harrier hammer thrower was yesterday granted a place on the biggest stage of her professional life just two days after flopping at the Norwich Union AAA and European Trials in Manchester.
Having thrown a personal best in Stoke the week before, Derham went to Sports City expecting to win her first national title but ended up finishing fourth with a distance four metres shy of the champion, Eileen O'Keefe.
Afterwards Derham admitted her faint hopes of making it to Gothen-burg had all but gone and described her performance as 'a bad day at the office'.
But although she is still more than two metres short of reaching the elite qualifying standard the team's selectors have clearly decided to classify the 25-year-old as a development athlete and so she will return to the big time a month after competing for Britain in the European Cup.
In the sprints, Birchfield teammate Mark Lewis-Francis has been given a reprieve by fellow Olympic relay champion Marlon Devonish after the Coventry Godiva opted not to double up in three weeks' time.
Devonish won both the 100 metres and 200m at the trials and with Lewis-Francis finishing third there had been speculation the Darlaston athlete would not make the trip had his training partner decided to run both.
But Devonish's decision to concentrate on his 200m specialism has allowed UK Athletics' performance director, Dave Collins, to give the infuriating 23-year-old a chance to turn around his disastrous season.
Lewis-Francis has been named alongside Tyrone Edgar in the shorter distance, with one remaining place to be allotted by the end of the month, and will go to Sweden desperate to make up for his palsied effort in the Commonwealth Games in March.
He was disqualified for false-starting in Melbourne and dropped the baton in the relay, since when he has failed to register his presence on the Grand Prix scene and struggled with tendonitis.
After the AAA, Lewis-Francis claimed his training with new coach Tony Lester was going well and that he was feeling more like his old self but his bronze medal would have been a severe disappointment after he dominated his semi-final.
He will, however, travel knowing he has to produce something considerably better than the 10.2 seconds that still ranks as his best time of the campaign.
By contrast, Devonish will skip across the North Sea having become the first man in 18 years - since Linford Christie - to win both national titles.
Joining him in the 200m is Christian Malcolm, who must first prove his fitness, with a third, possibly Birmingham University student Somto Eruchie, to be added.
Eruchie surprised everyone last weekend by coming third and smashing his personal best by a fifth of a second and although his is only an outside chance, it nonetheless remains.
Dwain Chambers need only prove his fitness to guarantee selection. Chambers, Britain's fastest 100m sprinter this season, was a notable omission yesterday after a quad injury ruled him out of the final at the trials on Saturday.
However, UKA later said Chambers, second fastest in Europe over 100m, would be included in the final wave of team selections on July 28, subject to his fitness being confirmed.
Like Lewis-Francis, Nathan Morgan had a disappointing trials and he too has been given the opportunity to salvage something from a poor year.
Morgan is one of three long jump-ers who will compete for medals next month although his third place at Sports City - and withdrawal through injury - means Greg Rutherford and British record holder Chris Tomlinson will be more fancied.
Morgan has been dogged by fitness problems this year and he also suffered a setback when having decided against defending his Commonwealth title to go for the World Indoors, he failed to attain the qualifying standard of 8.10 metres.
High jumper Germaine Mason, whose poor display in Manchester was in stark contrast to the rest of his season, will compete at his first European Championships having switched nationality from Jamaican to British a few months ago.
Mason was a strong favourite for his first national title but never really got his challenge off the ground and had to settle for 2.22m and second place behind Martyn Bernard.
Hall Green's Tom Parsons needs to reach the development standard of 2.25m by the end of the month to stand any chance of making his GB debut at a major championship.
The only other Stag to have been selected is Commonwealth heptathlon champion Kelly Sotherton who will not only take on the seemingly unbeatable Carolina Kluft in her home country but is also the only female long jumper in the squad. Sotherton beat Jade Johnson to retain her British crown but will do well to mount any sort of serious challenge against whichever Russians and Greeks take to the runway.