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Sally Fitzgibbons has broken down in tears after a devastating loss in the quarter-finals of the surfing event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Fitzgibbons has suffered a shock loss to Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki on Tuesday, ending the Aussie star's dreams of winning an Olympic medal.
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Fitzgibbons couldn't find the 7.10 wave score she needed and Tsuzuki hung on for a 13.27 to 11.67 win.
The Aussie star was clearly devastated as she was consoled by her teammates on the beach, including Steph Gilmore - who was eliminated on Monday.
Fitzgibbons then burst into tears during an interview with Channel 7 when asked about the support of her family.
"I just want to say thanks so much," she said through tears.
"Thanks for the sacrifices and just being in my corner all the way.
"I surfed every wave for you out there."
Tried your heart out and that’s all that matters. Sorry that you are hurt. I am proud of you and all the team.
— Adelaidean (@Adelaidean1836) July 27, 2021
— Veronica Eggleton (@veggleton) July 27, 2021
Just saw Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons interviewed after her quarter final loss in the surfing. Respectful to the winner and so gracious in defeat. Not all champions wear medals. #Olympics
— Victoria Civils-Wood (@vcw007) July 27, 2021
We celebrate winning well but we should also celebrate athletes who faithfully represent Australian sporting ideals. Sally Fitzgibbons bowed out today in the surfing QFs, was devastated, generous to her opponent, thankful to her supporters, and proud of representing her country.
— William Goodings (@WGoodings) July 27, 2021
It would've been so easy for a gutted Sally Fitzgibbons to legitimately point out how difficult it was to find decent scoring waves. Most others would have. Just took it like a champ and said, 'I'll be back.'
That's some Olympic shit right there.
— cody kaye (@Cody_KayeFOX) July 27, 2021
— 𝐃𝐲𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰𝐬 (@DylanMatthews91) July 27, 2021
That post-event interview with Sally Fitzgibbons was a heartbreaker, hope she knows she's a huge legend #Olympics
— Cameron Williams (@MrCamW) July 27, 2021
Tsuzuki will need another huge upset against American favourite Carissa Moore in the semi-finals.
American Caroline Marks takes on South African Bianca Buitendag in the other semi.
Fitzgibbons' loss left Owen Wright as the last Australian alive in the surfing, with the medals to be decided on Tuesday afternoon.
Wright set up a semi-final showdown with Brazilian Italo Fereira after beating Peruvian Lucca Mesinas 16.30 to 11.90 earlier on Tuesday.
The men's and women's finals were moved forward by one day because of the conditions generated by tropical storm Nepartak.
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Seven-time world champion Gilmore had hoped to add the first Olympic gold medal to her trophy haul, but was surprisingly eliminated in the third round by unheralded South African Bianca Buitendag.
Despite her unrivalled experience, 33-year-old Gilmore rued a decision to pass up wave priority to Buitendag, who used it to nail the best score of the clash.
Gilmore said it was tough to have to wait three years for another Olympic chance, but didn't think age would be an impediment, citing fellow star surfer Kelly Slater, who is 49, as well as 39-year-old Williams.
Slater dips in and out of the world tour while WIlliams, who has won 23 grand slam titles, qualified for the Olympics, but decided not to compete.
"This is the world's biggest sporting stage so you want to show up and do your very best so I'm super disappointed that I couldn't make it happen, but there's always Paris," Gilmore said.
"I'm only 33 and there's plenty of amazing female athletes who get up into their forties - look at Serena Williams, she's still doing so well so there's plenty of time.
"To come here and be an Olympian is obviously very special but to not get the result I wanted I'm already thinking 'What did I do wrong, what can I do better (and) how do I come back and try again'."
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