"It's just really upsetting" - Natalya Coyle gives emotional interview after Olympic dream comes to an end 1 month ago

"It's just really upsetting" - Natalya Coyle gives emotional interview after Olympic dream comes to an end

"It’s not the way I wanted to finish out my career."

Natalya Coyle's dreams of an Olympic medal in the modern pentathlon were dashed by a disastrous showjumping round when her horse refused to cooperate.

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Two excellent performances in the fencing rounds and swimming had put Coyle in fourth place heading into this evening’s showjumping, and the opportunity of ending up on a podium was very much a possibility.

However, her horse Constantin, refused a number of fences and incurring time faults in the Tokyo Stadium.

It unfortunately meant that the three-time Olympian dropped from fourth to 19th place and she could not recover in the final laser run, finishing 24th overall.

"It's just really upsetting, especially after the fencing, I thought I was in with a shout.

"I knew it was going to be trouble (with the horse), but I thought I might be able to handle it.

"It’s not the way I wanted to finish out my career, but hopefully I can look back in a day or two and be happy with coming third in the fencing.

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"It's difficult in the modern pentathlon because someone else has to ride it first and she didn’t get over the treble, so I knew it was going to be tough, but I thought I came in with a good plan.

"I know one of the fences was definitely my fault, number four, but I thought I did everything right or gave enough encouragement but obviously not.

"It’s just hard when you’re really close and it’s snatched away from you."