Sunday 25 September 2016

Katie Taylor tweets classy message to her fans after devastating Rio defeat

Published 15/08/2016 | 19:41

Katie Taylor of Ireland reacts after her defeat to Mira Potkonen of Finland in their Lightweight quarter-final bout in the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena, Barra da Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor of Ireland reacts after her defeat to Mira Potkonen of Finland in their Lightweight quarter-final bout in the Riocentro Pavillion 6 Arena, Barra da Tijuca, during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish boxing legend Katie Taylor has graciously thanked her fans for their support following her disappointing exit from the Rio Olympics today.

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The 30-year-old was beaten by Finland's Mira Potkonen on a split decision today at the quarter-final stage, meaning that her gold medal defence failed at the first hurdles.

Her 10th defeat in her 178 fights clearly upset her and she fought back the tears during her post-fight interviews.

Three of those defeats have come in 2016 after today's shock and losses at the European Olympic qualifiers in April and the World Amateur Championships a month later

She tweeted this evening: "In the midst of a disappointing year, I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the amazing support. I love you all."

After winning 18 championship golds in her career to date, Taylor has already cemented her place as one of Ireland's greatest ever athletes.

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