Tears fell after my Olympic dream ended but the heartache will drive me on | Caroline Dubois

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Caroline Dubois

After losing in the quarter-finals I was distraught – a week later the hurt is still raw but there are reasons to smile

I have been home from the Olympics for a few days and, while the hurt is still raw, I am feeling so much better than I did last Tuesday in Tokyo. Then, after I lost a split decision in my lightweight quarter-final against Sudaporn Seesondee of Thailand, I felt distraught. I had missed an Olympic medal on a 3-2 verdict.

I am only 20 but I am not naive. Even before I won two fights to reach the quarters I had said the Olympic Games can make or break your dreams. I know it’s an unforgiving arena. But I thought I had done enough to beat Seesondee, a really good fighter who is nine years older than me and a former world championship silver medallist. We knew it was close but my trainers were convinced I had won.

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