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Skye falls: This is the most heartbreaking image of the Tokyo Olympics and it's not even close

Skye Nicolson. (Photo by Getty images)
28th July, 2021
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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.

Her interview after the bout was red raw and many viewers found the broadcasters went too far with their questioning.


“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.