The heartbreaking story of the Australian boxer who burst into tears after losing at the Tokyo Olympics

The heartbreaking story of the Australian boxer who broke down in tears after a painful loss at the Tokyo Olympics

  • Australian boxer Skye Nicholson inconsolable after losing at the Olympics
  • The featherweight suffered a shock loss to GB’s Karriss Artingstall
  • The young boxer was in tears during her interview, saying she had failed in Australia

Skye Nicolson fell to the ground in despair after being denied Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in an exhausting quarter-final loss in Tokyo.

The featherweight thought she had done enough against Britain’s Karriss Artingstall after the boxers made it all the way into the final round, according to the five judges.

But as both athletes prayed as they waited for the call, the decision fell for the Briton and Nicolson sank to the floor in tears.

She was inconsolable in her interview after the fight with Channel 7, saying she felt she was going to let the country down.

‘It means nothing to me. I don’t care,” she said of the country’s most successful boxer.

“I care about what I know I can do and not about achieving it, it’s just really heartbreaking. I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I really believed I was going to win it.

“So going out now is really, really hard for me.”

It’s a tough end to Nicolson’s campaign – the Queenslander fought for her late brothers Jamie – a 1992 Olympian – and Gavin, who was tragically killed in a car accident while en route to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was killed. born.

Skye Nicolson fell to the ground in despair after being denied Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in an exhausting quarter-final loss in Tokyo

'It means nothing to me.  I don't care,

‘It means nothing to me. I don’t care,” she said of the country’s most successful boxer

It was a desperate final round, with three judges giving Artingstall the nod to secure a 3-2 win.

That’s despite a judge awarding all three rounds to the 25-year-old Australian, while four out of five gave her the lead in the second round when Nicolson’s left jab to Artingstall’s body proved impossible to defend.

A win would have been guaranteed bronze as both semi-final losers are crowned third, while the wait for Australia’s first Olympic boxing champion continues.

“I care about what I know I can do and not about achieving it, it's just really heartbreaking.  I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I really believed I would win it.

“I care about what I know I can do and not about achieving it, it’s just really heartbreaking. I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I really believed I would win it.”

It's a heartbreaking end to the campaign of Nicolson, the Queenslander fighting for the late brothers Jamie - a 1992 Olympian - and Gavin, who was tragically killed in a car accident while en route to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was born

It’s a heartbreaking end to the campaign of Nicolson, the Queenslander fighting for the late brothers Jamie – a 1992 Olympian – and Gavin, who was tragically killed in a car accident while en route to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was born

Previously, teammate Paulo Aokuso was similarly beaten in the light heavyweight round of 16 by favorite Spaniard Gazi Jalidov Gafurova.

Aokuso dominated the second round 5-0 but lost the third 4-1, the win was ultimately decided by a 3-2 first round awarded to the Spaniard despite the Australian landing several solid blows.

Caitlin Parker was defeated 5-0 by Panama’s Atheyna Bylon in the middleweight division.

DAY 6 SCHEDULE – MUST-WATCH EVENTS

11:30am – Men’s 800m Freestyle – Jack McLoughlin

11.45am – Men’s 200m Breaststroke – Zac Stubblety Cook

11.53am – Women’s 100m Freestyle – Emma McKeon

12:37 PM – Men’s 100m Freestyle – Kyle Chalmers

13.31 – Women’s 4x200m Freestyle – Australia

16:55 – Women’s C1 Canoe Slalom – Jess Fox

8:02 PM – Women’s 800m Freestyle – Ariarne Titmus

9:08 PM – Women’s 200m Backstroke – Kaylee McKeown

9.28pm – Mixed 4x100m medley – Australia

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