Skye Nicholson cries in interview after loss to Karriss Artingstall

Australia’s brightest feminine boxing hope Skye Nicolson wept tears of disappointment as she exited the Olympic competitiveness, slipping just shorter in the quarter finals to British boxer Karriss Artingstall on Wednesday evening.

A shattered Nicolson, twenty five, sat down in the ring and place her experience in her arms as Artingstall was awarded the match in a break up conclusion, denying the Queenslander the likelihood to become the very first Australian woman to progress to an Olympic boxing medal.


The final result was agonisingly shut, and went Artingstall’s way 3-two.

Nicolson’s fight capped off a day of disappointment for Australia at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, with Paulo Aokusa and Caitlin Parker not able to progress from the Spherical of 16.

“It’s pretty challenging to place into text right now,’’ Nicolson mentioned after the bout, wiping tears with a towel.

A shattered Skye Nicolson was moved to tears after her loss.Source: Channel 7

“I came below with one purpose and that was a gold medal and I truly thought that I was going to get it. So to go out now is actually, actually challenging for me.’’

Even with the loss, Nicolson stays Australia’s most productive feminine boxer, the only woman at any time to progress to an Olympic quarter-ultimate.

She mentioned this “means absolutely nothing to me.’’

“I treatment about what I am capable of and not reaching that is actually heartbreaking.’’

The Olympic debutante was narrowly overwhelmed by the taller Brit in 3 rounds of boxing in the featherweight division.

A boxing blood-blue, she has been competing given that she was 12 a long time old and took gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Nicolson shed her fight by the narrowest of margins. Photograph: Pool/Getty Illustrations or photosSource: Getty Illustrations or photos

Her visual appearance in Tokyo comes 29 a long time after her brother Jamie, a Commonwealth bronze medallist, competed at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992.

In 1994, a 12 months just before Nicolson was born, Jamie and his youthful brother Gavin, ten, ended up killed in a car or truck crash on their way to boxing education, and she has generally taken their legacy as an inspiration, especially that of Jamie.

Nicolson slumped to the flooring on realising her Tokyo marketing campaign was over. Photograph: AFPSource: AFP

She vowed to return “bigger, superior and more robust following time’’ and thanked her household, close friends and coaches for their help.

“This is undoubtedly not the finish. I just require to take some time and see what transpires following,’’ she mentioned.

Before in the day, Paulo Aokusa, 24, from Mt Druitt in Sydney, went down to Spanish fighter Gazi Jalidov is a spirited fight in the spherical of 16 men’s mild-heavyweight division.

He went shut to advancing, dropping 3-two against a fighter who experienced very first arrived in Spain as a ten-12 months-old refugee boy fleeing Russia.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Caitlin Parker, from Western Australia, shed her spherical of 16 fight to Atheyna Bylon from Panama in the women’s middleweight division.

The twenty five-12 months-old, also producing her Olympic debut for Australia, went down 5-.

Skye Nicolson gained her very first bout against a Korean opponent.Source: Getty Illustrations or photos

—Amanda Lulham

There’s a tale about Skye Nicolson remaining an understudy to a boy in musical theatre when she was a kid that clarifies why you would not wager against her in the Olympic quarter-finals of the feather pounds boxing.

The Australian mentioned she has under no circumstances been that thrilled to play next fiddle to any person. Let by yourself an individual in a direct function of a thing she has a enthusiasm for.

“I acquired the section of an understudy for Pinocchio and I was just ready the whole time for him to crack his leg so I could stage in,” she mentioned. “I was 11.”

After a bye in the opening spherical and a get over Im Aeji of South Korea on Monday, Nicolson fell shorter against British boxer Karriss Artingstall in Wednesday night’s quarter-ultimate in Tokyo.

After her very first at any time Olympic bout, a delighted Nicolson blew kisses to the digicam and wished her father a delighted birthday.

Skye Nicolson avoids a punch from Aeji Im (L) of South Korea. Photograph: Buda Mendes/GettySource: Getty Illustrations or photos

The twenty five-12 months-old Queenslander is subsequent in the footsteps of her late older brother Jamie, who boxed for Australia at the 1992 Olympics.

Nicolson committed the Commonwealth Games gold medal she gained in 2018 to Jamie who died in a car or truck incident just before she was born. This time, Nicolson mentioned he was be with her as a “guarding angel” but that she was doing it for herself.

Australian Olympic boxing star Skye Nicolson is chasing a piece of record in Tokyo.Source: Supplied

She has also provided insight into why she selected boxing over other athletics as a kid.

“Being all right has under no circumstances been plenty of for me,“ Nicolson mentioned.

“When I was increasing up I under no circumstances actually understood what I wished to do, I changed my brain a large amount, I was generally attempting distinct athletics and factors.

“When I found boxing and I was pretty aggressive and I feel to have a natural talent, it was a significant driving power for me.”

Nicolson was 12 at the time, originally just going it for entertaining and fitness.

But then factors hit severe.

“I experienced my very first fight 8 months later on. It was a bit of a shock to my father or mother who though I was doing it for fitness,” she mentioned.

“I gained and that was the start out of a new journey for me.”