Monday 26 September 2016

WATCH: 'I should be beating these girls' - Katie Taylor utterly devastated after shock Olympic exit

Published 15/08/2016 | 15:37

Mira Potkonen (FIN) of Finland celebrates after winning her bout against Katie Taylor (IRL) of Ireland. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
Mira Potkonen (FIN) of Finland celebrates after winning her bout against Katie Taylor (IRL) of Ireland. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
Katie Taylor (IRL) of Ireland reacts after her bout. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
Katie Taylor of Ireland is interviewed 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

Ireland's Katie Taylor was a picture of utter devastation after she saw her Olympic dreams vanish before her eyes at Rio this afternoon.

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The 30-year-old suffered the 10th defeat of her career but none of the others will sting like this one.

Katie Taylor was beaten in her first match at Rio 2016
Katie Taylor was beaten in her first match at Rio 2016

Mira Potkonen of Finland advanced to the semi-finals after the judges scored the fight 39-17, 38-38*, 37-39 with the judge who scored the fight level ultimately siding with the Finn.

Taylor, who has amassed an amazing 18 gold medals in championship boxing over her career to date, did not have dad Pete in her corner in 2016 and that has coincided with the most disappointing year of her boxing life.

Finding it difficult to speak after the bout, Taylor told RTE Sport: “It’s very disappointing, it’s been a very, very tough year. There have been a lot of losses this year and they have been very hard to take.

“I came in here prepared very well and gave it my best shot and it just didn’t happen. Sometimes the plans you have in your heart just aren’t the same as god’s plans.

“I just want to thank everyone for all their thoughts and prayers, I’m so humbled by that. God is so great, and it’s still such a privlege and an honour to be here.

“I just have to thank everyone for the support.”

Earlier this year in April and May, Taylor suffered shock defeats at the European Olympic qualifiers and at the World Amateur Championships, which she referenced, and the 30-year-old also claimed that she believed she had beaten the Finn.

“I thought she probably won the second round but I thought the other three rounds went my way, but it’s such a very close fight when you’re in there.

“I obviously have to look back on the fight but I should be beating those girls. I don’t know what to say about it really, but those girls shouldn’t be beating me.”

It was to put to Taylor whether or not the bye she received to this stage may have ultimately hampered her performance. Taylor was not willing to cite that as reason for her loss.

“It’s been a long wait out here but I can’t blame that. I felt very well in the lead up top this fight and very confident. I think every one of the Irish boxers have come in very well prepared and it’s hard to keep that level of consistency going.

“It’s hard to call these fights a lot of times. Thanks again to every one for their support over the last year,” she said.

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