Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

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.”

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