Birchfield Harrier Kelly Sotherton narrowly missed clinching the pentathlon gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.
In the closest finish to any multi-event competition, Sotherton lost out to Tia Hellebaut by just 15 points.
Sotherton, after nearly suffering elimination in the long jump after only achieving a mark with her last attempt, bounced back brilliantly in the final event over 800m.
The big escape saw last year's European silver medallist raise her game in the last discipline where she trailed the Belgian high jump specialist by 107 points.
Sotherton's determination almost helped her to pull off a shock victory as Hellebaut fell to pieces in the last 50 metres.
Sotherton needed to beat Hellebaut by seven seconds and against all odds almost did, running a personal best two minutes 9.95 seconds.
Indeed it seemed Hellebaut, staggering down the finishing straight, might not finish the race and it was good fortune for her when she collapsed and fell forwards across the line.
Sotherton said: "I've been in eight major championships and won six medals so I can't complain. But I do keep losing by teens - the high jump let me down. I should have done at 1.84m today. It just put me under presssure in the long jump.
"But I'm still smiling because I've just done a PB in the 800m, equalled it in the shot and produced a seaon's best in the long jump."
Meanwhile, Dwain Chambers savoured his 60 metres silver medal and will now "hope and pray" it does not mark the end of his season.
Chambers, reluctantly selected for the event by UK Athletics after winning the trials in Sheffield on his return from a two-year drugs ban, finished equal second in a thrilling final alongside former world 100m record holder Kim Collins as Olusoji Fasuba held off both to win in a time of 6.51 seconds.
It now remains to be seen whether he decides to challenge the British Olympic Association by-law which seems set to bar him from competing in the Beijing Games this summer - and he has also been cold-shouldered by meeting organisers across Europe as he seeks to rebuild his sprint career.
But Chambers was simply celebrating his success and said: "I'm delighted. The silver medal is my gold. It justifies everything I've done. I can move on now and see what's going to happen. I wanted to succeed - I wanted this. It means so much to all my family, and I put so much energy into all of it. "
He has every intention of continuing his career and suggested he will challenge the BOA ban.
"I would like to run this summer, but it doesn't depend on me only," he insisted. "For me this is my Olympics. I'm focusing all of my energy here. Everybody is against me, and that only helps the other athletes. I just want to be treated fairly."