Australian surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons collapses after losing her shot at Olympic gold

‘My heart is shattered’: Australian surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons is devastated after being knocked out of the women’s quarter-finals and losing her chance at Olympic gold

Australian surfing legend Sally Fitzgibbons has burst into tears after being eliminated from the Tokyo Olympics.

The 30-year-old athlete couldn’t hide her emotions when she spoke to the media on Tuesday afternoon after her devastating loss to Japanese contender Amuro Tsuzuki in the women’s quarterfinals.

‘It hurts so much! This is probably the heaviest loss of my career,” a visibly distraught Fitzgibbons confessed.

'My heart is shattered': Australian surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons, 30, (pictured) collapsed after being knocked out of the women's final and losing her chance at Olympic gold on Tuesday

‘My heart is shattered’: Australian surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons, 30, (pictured) collapsed after being knocked out of the women’s final and losing her chance at Olympic gold on Tuesday

“Yes, I wanted so badly to do it for my team-mates and my country and that didn’t happen today. I had the best time there was. I did my best, it was not my day. Yes, it’s so hard,” she said, bursting into tears.

“My heart is just shattered. I’m going to work very hard and hopefully see you in 2024,” Fitzgibbons cried.

She encouraged the youth of Australia to follow in her footsteps by taking up surfing.

Loss: Fitzgibbons showed her extreme disappointment after losing the women's quarterfinals at the Toyko Olympics on Tuesday

Loss: Fitzgibbons showed her extreme disappointment after losing the women's quarterfinals at the Toyko Olympics on Tuesday

Loss: Fitzgibbons showed her extreme disappointment after losing the women’s quarterfinals at the Toyko Olympics on Tuesday

“I hope all the young guns can pick up a plank for the first time, go out with a smile on their faces and ride waves,” she said.

“It brings the most joy in life. It puts a smile on my face every day.’

Fitzgibbons had briefly taken the lead on Tsuzuki after posting a 6.17 wave, but was surpassed moments later by the Japanese surfer’s 6.67.

First lead: Fitzgibbons had briefly taken the lead on Tsuzuki after posting a 6.17 wave, but was surpassed moments later by the Japanese surfer's 6.67.

First lead: Fitzgibbons had briefly taken the lead on Tsuzuki after posting a 6.17 wave, but was surpassed moments later by the Japanese surfer's 6.67.

First lead: Fitzgibbons had briefly taken the lead on Tsuzuki after posting a 6.17 wave, but was surpassed moments later by the Japanese surfer’s 6.67.

Overall, Tsuzuki had the upper hand at 13.27m, while Fitzgibbons fell short at 11.67.

Fitzgibbons will now cheer on teammate Owen Wright, who still has a shot at gold on Tuesday morning after progressing to the semi-finals.

Wright will compete for entry to the final against Brazilian Italo Ferreira on Tuesday afternoon.

Saying goodbye to gold: Overall, Tsuzuki prevailed at 13.27m, while Fitzgibbons came up short at 11.67

Saying goodbye to gold: Overall, Tsuzuki prevailed at 13.27m, while Fitzgibbons came up short at 11.67

Saying goodbye to gold: Overall, Tsuzuki prevailed at 13.27m, while Fitzgibbons came up short at 11.67

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