FOR A BURTON
would have been inconsolable and the rest of my life would have been a misery because I would have walked away knowing I had a chance to make something of myself,” said Burton.
“But I did everything I possibly could. I’m disappointed for myself, but more gutted for everybody else.
“I can live with the fact I put it all into training to be the best judo player ever, to try to be Olympic champion. But I feel really sorry for the people who have travelled here. I have a friend who came from Australia to see me fight.
“Those people like you and love you for who you are and what you try to achieve, not what you achieve.
“But this is the Olympics, it’s not meant to be easy. You have the best players in the world, some of them make it through and some go out. The most disappointing thing is I knew I had a chance, I just didn’t take it.”