Katie Taylor's defeat at the Olympics broke everyone's heart but she'll always be a legend
Katie Taylor went down swinging. 'Til the very last.
The Irish boxing legend was eliminated from the Women's Light 57-60kg at the quarter-final stage and bowed out with all the respect and gratitude that a hero like her has earned.
Finland's Mira Potkonen denied the Olympic champion a medal spot by ousting her on a split decision and the Wicklow native's defeat sent shockwaves through the sport and through her proud country.
The five-time world champion went out of the Olympics but she went out with her held high. She went out with the admiration for her still in tact.
Gutted was the word.
Gutted for #katietaylor
— Sarah (@sarahdeburca) August 15, 2016
Devastated for @KatieTaylor. She gave her best but just came up short. Hats off to her for all of her success
— Willam Twomey (@willatc10) August 15, 2016
— Ciara O'Callaghan (@OCallaghanCiara) August 15, 2016
It didn't change anyone's views on her.
— Emma 🏳️🌈💔 (@Emma_Loo1) August 15, 2016
— Christina Desmond (@Tina_Desmond) August 15, 2016
— Fintan O'Toolbox (@FintanOToolbox) August 15, 2016
Not everyone was convinced by the result.
Think that was a strange decision. Katie Taylor did enough to win in my eyes. Don't agree with the result. Has denied us a medal now
— Kayleigh Lowe (@SweetFreedom95) August 15, 2016
There's been some awful judging in the Olympic boxing. Getting a bit like Eurovision -vote for the country you like - not just #katietaylor
— Tony Kenny (@IMTonyKenny) August 15, 2016
Plenty were though, in fairness.
— Michael Kiernan (@mikier) August 15, 2016
Hard luck Katie Taylor,I think the Finn deserved that though #Olympics
— citizen🇮🇪 (@Citizen_YBIG) August 15, 2016
No-one enjoyed seeing her in tears.
— Rory's Stories (@RorysStories) August 15, 2016
Jaysus that interview is heart wrenching #katietaylor
— John O'Donovan (@j_goddy) August 15, 2016
And she'll always be a hero.
@KatieTaylor is still my hero 🍀👊💥
— Lise-Ann O'Neill (@LiseannONeill) August 15, 2016
Katie Taylor. Gave everything for her sport and for her country. Gutted for her but so proud. 💚
— mr_lukebenson (@Mr_LukeBenson) August 15, 2016
Gutted for Katie Taylor. Today's result doesn't change the fact that she's one of Ireland's greatest athletes. A legend and an inspiration
— Helen McHugh (@Helenmcq86) August 15, 2016
— Inpho Photography (@Inphosports) August 15, 2016
She's left a legacy no matter what.
Katie Taylor's dominance was never going to last forever. Tough day, but still one of the best athletes Ireland has ever produced.
— James Brophy (@JBrophy2705) August 15, 2016
Thank you, Katie. You'll be back.