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Katie Taylor's Olympic dream is over after she was beaten on a split decision in the quarter-final of the women's light 57-60kg.
The defending Olympic champion had been expected to defeat Finland's Mira Potkonen and secure at least a bronze medal, but it was her 35-year-old opponent who progressed to the semi-finals after the judges awarded her the bout.
Taylor took the first round 10-9 9-10 10-9 but the bout was level heading into the third after Potkonen came back strongly to take the second.
An improved display saw Taylor take the third round with two of the judges but she trailed Potkonen entering the final round. The Bray native fought on and was the busier of the two fighters in the final round but it was not to be enough as Potkonen was declared the 39-37, 37-39, 38-38 winner on a split decision.
Taylor was beaten in the European Olympic qualifiers and at the World Amateur Championships and the 30-year-old struggled to speak in the wake of her loss in Rio.
"It's very disappointing. It's been a very, very tough year. A lot of losses this year and it's very hard to take. I just have to thank everyone for their support," Taylor told RTE television.
"The Olympics is a dream of mine. I came in here and prepared very well, I gave it my best shot but it just doesn’t happen sometimes.
I thought she probably won the second round, but I thought the other three rounds went my way. Again it’s very close when you’re in there and it’s hard to call the fight," she added.
"I should be beating those girls. I don't know what to say about it really. Those girls shouldn't be beating me I don’t think."
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