Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson, whose late brother Jamie fought for Australia 29 years ago at the Barcelona Olympics, missed out on an Olympic medal by a crushingly close split decision to British Karriss Artingstall on Wednesday night.
The 25 year old, who was born after Jamie and his little brother died in a car crash in 1994, was leading into the third of three rounds but was distraught when the decision went against her. Two judges gave her the bout, one 30-27 and one 29-28. But three judges saw the fight 29-28 to the Brit.
Nicolson wept after the fight having missed out on becoming the first Australian woman to progress to an Olympic boxing medal. A win woould have taken her to a semifinal, where losers share a bronze medal.
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“It’s pretty hard to put into words right now,’’ Nicolson said after the bout, wiping tears with a towel.
“I came here with one goal and that was a gold medal and I truly believed that I was going to win it. So to go out now is really, really hard for me.’’
She was the only Australian female boxer to make a quarter-final but said: “that means nothing to me.
“I care about what I am capable of and not achieving that is really heartbreaking.’’
Nicolson then apologised to her supporters back home, which inlcuded her dad Allan – whom she wished happy birthday after her opening win – and her mother Pat.
“Sorry I didn’t get the job done. I’ll be back bigger, better and stronger next time,: she said”
Jamie won a bronze medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and fought at the Barcelona Olympics, also winning a world championship medal.
But two years after the Olympics he was driving on the Pacific Highway at Helensvale, Queensland, with 10-year-old Gavin on their way to boxing training when they were both killed.