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'Some people come here to participate at an Olympics, I came here to win it' - Jack Woolley devastated by last-kick defeat

The Dubliner’s gold medal hopes ended cruelly early this morning.

Ireland’s Jack Woolley dejected after being beaten by Lucas Lautaro Guzman of Argentina.
Ireland’s Jack Woolley dejected after being beaten by Lucas Lautaro Guzman of Argentina.
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IRELAND’S FIRST TAEKWONDO Olympian Jack Woolley lost in the most agonising way possible overnight – to a last-second kick. 

His opponent Lucas Lautaro Guzman from Argentina edged through — not without controversy — leaving the Dubliner distraught.  

“It’s tough to take and it will be,” an emotional Woolley told RTÉ’s Paul O’Flynn afterwards. “I’m after having a while to try and make myself not get upset but some people come here to participate at an Olympics, I came here to win it and I could have – just don’t perform like that. 

“Devastated with my performance. Everything was perfect; mentally great, physically great.  I stepped on the mat, it wasn’t my day but sure things happen. That’s all really. 

He continued: “I wasn’t happy with my performance at all. We had this gameplan and I went out and my legs just went to jelly and it didn’t go to plan. I’m usually a lot more aggressive, something just didn’t click and I’m upset with how it went. 

It means the best the Dubliner can now do is a bronze medal in the 58kg event should Guzman progress further – though Woolley’s not expecting that to play out.

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“I think if he gets into the final,” he says. “I’ll be ready to go but realistically I don’t think that’s going to happen. But you never know, no one expected me lose so he could get to the final. Fingers crossed but I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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