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The gut-wrenching back story of Aussie boxer who broke down in tears after loss at Tokyo Olympics

Skye Nicolson fell to the floor in despair after being denied Australia's first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in a gutting quarter-final loss in Tokyo.

The featherweight thought she had done enough against Great Britain's Karriss Artingstall after the boxers entered the final round all square according to the five judges.

But, as both athletes prayed while waiting for the call, the decision fell the Brit's way and Nicolson crumpled to the ground in tears.

She was inconsolable in her post-fight interview with Channel 7, saying she felt she'd let down the country.

'It means nothing to me. I don't care about that,' she said of being the country's most successful boxer.

'I care about what I know I'm capable of and not achieving it, it's just really heartbreaking. I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I truly believed that I was going to win it.

'So, to go out now it's really really hard for me.' 

It's a tough end to Nicolson's campaign -  the Queenslander was fighting for her late brothers Jamie - a 1992 Olympian - and Gavin, who tragically died in a car accident while on their way to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was born. 

Skye Nicolson fell to the floor in despair after being denied Australia's first Olympic boxing medal since 1988 in a gutting quarter-final loss in Tokyo

'It means nothing to me. I don't care about that,' she said of being the country's most successful boxer

It was a desperate final round, with three judges giving Artingstall the nod to secure a 3-2 win.

That's despite one judge awarding all three rounds to the 25-year-old Australian, while four of the five gave her the edge in the second round as Nicolson's left jabs to Artingstall's body proved impossible to defend.

A win would have guaranteed bronze, given both semi-final losers are awarded third, while the wait goes on for Australia's first Olympic boxing champion.  

'I care about what I know I'm capable of and not achieving it, it's just really heartbreaking. I came here with one goal and that was the gold medal and I truly believed that I was going to win it'

It's a heartbreaking end to Nicolson's campaign, the Queenslander fighting for late brothers Jamie - a 1992 Olympian - and Gavin, who tragically died in a car accident while en route to boxing training in 1994, a year before she was born

Earlier, teammate Paulo Aokuso was beaten in similar fashion in the light heavyweight round of 16 by favoured Spaniard Gazi Jalidov Gafurova.

Aokuso dominated the second round 5-0 but lost the third 4-1, the win ultimately decided by a 3-2 first round awarded to the Spaniard despite the Australian landing several solid blows.

Caitlin Parker was beaten 5-0 by Panama's Atheyna Bylon in the middleweight division.

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