Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson posted a video on Instagram showing her journey to the Olympic village….
Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson posted a video on Instagram showing her journey to the Olympic village.
Australian boxer Skye Nicolson followed in her late brother Jamie’s footsteps when she medalled – hers a gold – at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, and before that when she stood on the podium at the World Championships in 2016.
On Monday, 29 years after Jamie Nicolson competed in Barcelona, Skye made her Olympic debut, scoring an impressive decision victory over Korea’s Aeji Im.
Nicolson, considered one of Australia’s best boxing medal hopes in Tokyo, put on a classy display inside the fan-less Kokugikan Arena as she picked off her opponent to win via split decision (4-1).
Skye never met Jamie or Gavin, her brothers who tragically died in a car accident in 1994 on the way to boxing training, a year before she was born.
“It’s unreal,” she said of reaching the Olympics, just like her brother did. “It’s a pretty crazy story and I’m just so glad I can be here making my family proud, and making Jamie proud, too.”
Nicolson had secured a bye to reach the Round of 16 without a sweat. She booked a place in the featherweight quarter-finals with almost as little fuss.
She’ll fight again on Wednesday against Great Britain’s Karriss Artingstall, who dealt with No. 3 seed Brazilian Jucielen Romeu in convincing fashion.
Romeu wasn’t the only seeded opponent to crash out of the featherweight bracket, with Nicolson ready to pounce.
“It’s been a day full of upsets in the division,” Nicolson said. “But I’ve said from day one that this division is very open, it’s there for the taking and today’s results have definitely proven that.”
Earlier in the day, Aussie flyweight Alex Winwood saw 20 weeks of work go down the drain in nine minutes as he dropped to a cruel split decision defeat to Zambia’s Patrick Chinyemba.
“The fight was mine to be won in the third,” Winwood told News Corp. “I didn’t do enough.”
Still, Winwood, a proud Noongar man, was delighted to have represented his country.
“If I make it around to Paris,” the 24-year-old from Perth warned, “you’re not going to see the same fighter.”
Originally published asInspiring story behind Australia’s top boxing medal hope