Aoife O’Rourke bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics to China’s No. 2 seed Qian Li in Tokyo this morning.
The former World champion and Rio 2016 bronze medalist won on a unanimous decision.
Li, who detonated sharp combinations throughout, took the first round 3-2 but O’Rourke had a big second round, although the judges again went with Li by a 3-2 margin.
O’Rourke was also frustrated by the constant holding of her opponent.
The third round was equally as close with O’Rourke finding the target with lefts and Li responding with combinations but it was the 2018 World champion that advanced at the expense of the Irishwoman.
Speaking on RTE, Ken Egan and Eric Donovan hailed O’Rourke’s display.
“I thought it was a brilliant performance,” said Donovan.
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Jose Quiles (Spain) 5-0
81kg Emmet Brennan (Ireland) lost to Dilshod Ruzmetov (Uzbekistan) 0-5
52kg Brendan Irvine (Ireland) lost to Carlo Paalam (Philippines) 1-4
57kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) lost to Irma Testa (Italy) 0-5
69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) beat Albert Menque (Cameroon) 5-0
75kg Aoife O’Rourke (Ireland) lost to Qian Li (China) 0-5
57kg Kurt Walker (Ireland) beat Mirazizbek Mitzakhalilov (Uzbekistan) 4-1
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69kg Aidan Walsh (Ireland) v Mervin Clair (Mauritius) or Hussein Eashash (Jordan)
57kg Kurt Walker v Duke Ragan (USA)