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Michael Conlan: 'I had to spend time with my family after Rio agony or I couldn't have got through it'

Exclusive: Steven Beacom talks to boxer Michael Conlan about his Olympic heartbreak and how he is determined to move on from bitter blow

Published 20/08/2016

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan after his fight against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia
Belfast boxer Michael Conlan after his fight against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia
Ireland's Michael Conlan in action against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia
Ireland's Michael Conlan in action against Vladimir Nikitin of Russia
Belfast boxer Michael Conlan enjoys some family moments with his fiancee Shauna and young daughter Luisne
Belfast boxer Michael Conlan enjoys some family moments with his fiancee Shauna and young daughter Luisne
Michael Conlan
Michael Conlan with his dad and coach John Conlan, left, and coach Zaur Antia
Michael Conlan with his mother Theresa

Belfast boxer Michael Conlan has revealed how he broke down in tears after his Olympic dream was controversially shattered in Rio. And in an open and searingly honest interview with the Belfast Telegraph, he has spoken about his continuing hurt at his stunning quarter-final defeat, why he had to leave the Olympic Village to spend time with his family, having no regrets about a post-fight expletive-filled television interview and why he firmly believes that he will be a major success in the boxing ring in the future.

The 24-year-old also thanked the public and sporting world for their overwhelming support.

Conlan has become one of the stories of the 2016 Olympic Games after he was the victim of a staggering judging decision in his bantamweight clash with Russian Vladimir Nikitin.

While the fans inside the boxing arena on Tuesday and all those watching on television were convinced that World Amateur Champion Conlan had comfortably won the three-round contest, the judges gave a unanimous verdict to Nikitin, who subsequently was unable to take his place in the semi-final due to injury, having been outclassed by the Team Ireland star.

Understandably, Conlan was furious about the decision and in an RTE television interview immediately after the fight he let rip at the judges and the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the amateur sport's governing body, claiming the organisation was corrupt and insisting he had been "robbed".

Since the fight, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion has been spending quality time with his fiancee Shauna and daughter Luisne, soaking up the sun on Copacabana beach in Rio. Michael's mother Teresa and father John, who coaches the Irish boxing team, are also out in Brazil, along with his brother Jamie, an accomplished professional boxer.

They have been hit hard at seeing a dream ripped away from their boy in such contentious circumstances.

For the man himself, considered one of Ireland's finest ever amateur boxers, the pain remains - so much so that he had to leave the Olympic Village.

"I am still hurting," said Conlan. "I had to get out of the Olympic Village and spend time with my family otherwise I would have gone mental.

"I took myself away from it because I didn't want to be constantly reminded about what went on.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates with fans after winning the Men's 200m Final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates with fans after winning the Men's 200m Final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Yana Kudryavtseva of Russia performs during the Rhythmic Gymnastics Individual All-Around on August 20, 2016 at Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: (L-R) Bronze medalist Ashley Spencer of the United States, poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's 400m Hurdles on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Miyuki Uehara of Japan competes in the Women's 5000m Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Miyuki Uehara of Japan compete during the Women's 5000m Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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US gymnast Laura Zeng competes in the individual all-around qualifying event of the Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Bronze medalist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan celebrates during the medal ceremony after the Women's Singles Badminton competition on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Danuta Kozak of Hungary competes during the Women's Kayak Single 500m Final at the Lagoa Stadium on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Competitors take to the water during the Men's Triathlon at Fort Copacabana on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the Mens 200m final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Elaine Thompson of Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 200m Final on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Elaine Thompson of Jamaica reacts after winning the gold medal in the Women's 200m Final on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Simone Biles of the United States performs on the beam during the Gymnastics Rio Gala on Day 12 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: (L-R) Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and silver medalist Nia Ali of the United States celebrate with American flags after the Women's 100m Hurdles Final on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
Larbi Bourrada of Algeria competes in the Men's Decathlon Long Jump on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Orkhon Purevdorj (L) of Mongolia competes against Valeriia Koblova Zholobova of Russia during a Women's Freestyle 58kg 1/8 Final bout on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Caioca Arena 2 on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Christina Hering of Germany reacts during the Women's 800m - Round 1 heats on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Su Oh of Australia plays her shot from the fourth tee during the First Round of Women's Golf on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Ajee Wilson of the United States (L) and Houleye Ba of Mauritania react during the Women's 800m Round 1 heats on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Team GB cyclists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny pose with their gold medals at Adidas House on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Brazil's left back Haniel Langaro (L) vies with France's right wing Luc Abalo during the men's quarterfinal handball match Brazil vs France for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Future Arena in Rio on August 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Juliet Itoya of Spain competes during the Women's Long Jump Qualifying Round on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Kelsie Ahbe of Canada competes during the Women's Pole Vault Qualifying Round - Group A on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Eloise Wellings (L) and Genevieve Lacaze of Australia react after the Women's 5000m Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Angie Sabrina Gonzalez of Venezuela competes during the Women's Omnium Flying Lap 5\6 race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Ryohei Kato of Japan competes in the Parallel Bars final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Carolina Marin of Spain celebrates her match win over Ji Hyun Sung of Korea during the Women's Quarterfinal match on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 4 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Laura Auge and Margaux Chretien of France compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Jennifer Simpson of the United States celebrates with the American flag after winning the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Robson Conceicao (R) of Brazil celebrates after winning gold against Sofiane Oumiha of France in the Men's Light (60kg) event on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Yuan Cao of China competes in the Men's Diving 3m Springboard semi final at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Rasul Chunayev of Azerbaijan competes against Hansu Ryu of Korea in the Men's Greco-Roman 66 kg Bronze final bout on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia sets a new world record during the Men's +105kg Weightlifting contest on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 2 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Players of Serbia celebrate defeating Russia during the Women's Quarterfinal match between Japan and The United States on day 11 of the Rio 2106 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Milan Trajkovic of Cyprus reacts during the Men's 110m Hurdles Semifinals on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon of Kenya celebrates winning the gold medal in the Women's 1500m Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16: Anthony Rizzo #44 of the Chicago Cubs makes a catch for an out against the Milwaukee Brewers while standing on the wall during the fifth inning in game two of a double header at Wrigley Field on August 16, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Eliane Martins of Brazil competes during the Women's Long Jump Qualifying Round on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Omar Mcleod of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Fans of Brazil cheer on their team during the Women's Quarterfinal match between China and Brazil on day 11 of the Rio 2106 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Barbara Seixas De Freitas playing with Agatha Bednarczuk Rippel of Brazil celebrate winning a point during the beach volleyball Women's Semi final against Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Day 11, Riocentro Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16/8/2016 Men's Bantamweight 56kg Quarter-Final Michael Conlan (Red) vs Vladimir Nikitin (Blue) Ireland's Michael Conlan in the ring after losing to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Michelle Jenneke of Australia reacts after competing in the Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Cyclists compete during the Women's Omnium Points race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Annette Edmondson of Australia competes during the Women's Omnium Flying Lap race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Erika Fasana of Italy reacts after competing on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Silver medalist Alexandra Raisman (L) and gold medalist Simone Biles (R) of the United States pose for photographs on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Laura Ludwig (L) and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany celebrate beating Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Rocha of Brazil during the beach volleyball Women's Semifinal on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Nile Wilson of Great Britain looks on while the score of Manrique Larduet of Cuba is announced after competing on the Horizontal Bar on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Ingrit Lorena Valencia Victoria (L) of Colombia celebrates after defeating Peamwilai Laopeam of Thailand in the Women's Fly (48-51kg) Quarterfinal 3 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Daria Pikulik of Poland is given a start by a coach during the Women's Omnium Flying Lap race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Players of Japan react dejected during the Women's Quarterfinal match between Japan and The United States on day 11 of the Rio 2106 Olympic Games at the Maracanazinho on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Lauren Ellis of New Zealand is given a start by a coach during the Women's Omnium Flying Lap 5\6 race on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Danell Leyva of the United States competes on the Horizontal Bar Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Amy Tinkler of Great Britain competes on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Fabian Hambuechen of Germany poses for photographs after the at the medal ceremony for the Horizontal Bar Final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Alexandra Raisman of the United States competes on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Michael John Conlan of Ireland jestures to the crowd after his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin (not pictured) of Russia in the boxing Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarterfinal 1 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Vladimir Nikitin (L) of Russia celebrates his victory over Michael John Conlan of Ireland in the boxing Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarterfinal 1 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Rafaelle of Brazil celebrates a goal during the penalty shootout during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Michael John Conlan of Ireland gestures to the crowd after his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin (not pictured) of Russia in the boxing Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarterfinal 1 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Vladimir Nikitin (L) of Russia throws a left on Michael John Conlan of Ireland in the boxing Men's Bantam (56kg) Quarterfinal 1 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Gold medalist Simone Biles of the United States celebrates on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Women's Floor on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Sandra Gal of Germany in actoin during a practice round prior to the Women's Individual Stroke Play golf at the Olympic Golf Course at Olympic Golf Course on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Andressa Alves of Brazil celebrates a goal during the penalty shootout during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Simone Biles of the United States competes on the Women's Floor final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Amy Tinkler during the Women's Floor Exercise final at the Rio Olympic Arena on the eleventh day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 16, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Brazil fans look on during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
A Germany fan blows a kiss during the men's quarterfinal field hockey Argentina vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZACARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
Argentina fans cheer their team during the men's quarterfinal field hockey Argentina vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZACARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Brazil fans show their support during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Brazil fans show their support during the Women's Football Semi Final between Brazil and Sweden on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maracana Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Michelle Jenneke of Australia reacts after competing in the Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Michelle Jenneke of Australia reacts after competing in the Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Michelle Jenneke of Australia competes during the Women's 100m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 2 on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Laura Ludwig (L) and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany celebrate beating Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Rocha of Brazil during the beach volleyball Women's Semifinal on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 16: Xuechen Huang and Wenyan Sun of China compete in the Synchronised Swimming Duets Free Routine final on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Cuba's Yasmany Daniel Lugo Cabrera celebrates after winning against Sweden's Carl Fredrik Stefan Schoen in their men's 98kg greco-roman semi-final match on August 16, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Cuba's Mijain Lopez Nunez celebrates after winning in his men's 130kg greco-roman final match against Turkey's Riza Kayaalp on August 15, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Armenia's Migran Arutyunyan (red) wrestles with Egypt's Adham Ahmed Saleh Kahk in their men's 66kg greco-roman round of 16 match on August 16, 2016, during the wrestling event of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 2 in Rio de Janeiro. / AFP PHOTO / Jack GUEZJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Andrew Riley of Jamaica (L) and Eddie Lovett of Virgin Islands (US) compete during the Men's 110m Hurdles Round 1 - Heat 3. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Erwin Jose Caraballo Cabrera of Venezuela and Sabah Shariati of Azerbaijan compete during the Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg Repechage on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Nicholas Lucena #2 of United States plays a shot against Alison Cerutti #1 of Brazil during the Men's Beach Volleyball Quarterfinal match between the United States and Brazil on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Riders compete in the Women's Omnium Scratch Race 1\6 on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives over the finish line to win the gold medal in the Women's 400m Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Nikolaev Bayryakov of Bulgaria and Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim Saad of Egypt compete during the Men's Greco-Roman 85 kg Repechage on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Allyson Felix of the United States (2nd-R) reacts after winning the silver medal in the Women's 400m Final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Ruslan Nurudinov of Uzbekistan lifts during the Men's 105kg Group A Weightlifting contest on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 2 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Simone Biles of the United States prepares to compete in the Balance Beam Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil competes in the Men's Pole Vault final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas (L) dives over the finish line to win the gold medal in the Women's 400m Final ahead of silver medalist Allyson Felix of the United States (C) and bronze medalist Shericka Jackson of Jamaica (R) on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Usain Bolt of Jamaica competes in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Chinese diver Qin Kai proposes to silver medalist He Zi of China on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Diving 3m Springboard Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Ireland's Katie Taylor (R) fights Finland's Mira Potkonen during the Women's Light (57-60kg) Quarterfinal 1 match at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro - Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Netherlands' Sanne Wevers competes in the women's balance beam event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURATOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images
Ireland's Annalise Murphy in action during the Laser Radial Women Race 01 held at Marina da Gloria on the tenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. Picture date: Monday August 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Maharu Yoshimura of Japan returns against Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany during Mens Team Semifinal on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 3 on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Lauren Hernandez of the United States competes in the Balance Beam Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Cecile Pieper #22 and Nike Lorenz #4 of Germany celebrate following a victory over the United States in a quarterfinal match at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Illya Kvasha of Ukraine competes in the Men's Diving 3m Springboard Preliminary Round on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Andrea Chiarabini of Italy competes in the Men's Diving 3m Springboard Preliminary Round on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Se Gwang Ri of North Korea celebrates winning the gold medal after competing in the Men's Vault Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Yilin Fan of China competes in the Balance Beam Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece practices prior to the Men's Ring Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Xiyu Lin of China in acton during a practice round prior to the Women's Individual Stroke Play golf at the Olympic Golf Course at Olympic Golf Course on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Kenzo Shirai of Japan competes in the Men's Vault Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin following her gold medal in the dressage individual grand prix freestyle on the tenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Great Britain's Charlotte Dujardin with her fiancé Dean Wyatt Golding (right) following her gold medal in the dressage individual grand prix freestyle on the tenth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 15, 2016. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire. EDITORIAL USE ONLY
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues of France competes in the Men's Rings Final on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Junhua Yin of China defeats Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan in the womens Lightwieght 57-60kg during the Boxing at Riocentro on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Denmark's left back Mikkel Hansen (L) jumps to shoot during the men's preliminaries Group A handball match France vs Denmark for the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Future Arena in Rio on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Roberto SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Anne Schroder #8 of Germany moves the ball past Jill Witmer #10 of United States during the quarter final hockey game on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Tosin Oke of Nigeria competes in the Men's Triple Jump qualification on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Ella Nelson of Australia and Ivet Lalova-Collio of Bulgaria embrace after the Women's 200 metres heats on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Tianshi Zhong of China competes against Anastasiia Voinova of Russia during the Cycling Track Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Laura Auge and Margaux Chretien of France compete in the Women's Duets Synchronised Swimming Technical Routine Preliminary Round on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Minjee Lee of Australia poses during a practice round prior to the start of the women's golf during Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Sara Louise Treacy of Ireland competes in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Genevieve Lacaze of Australia reacts after competing in the Women's 3000m Steeplechase final on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Vinicius, the mascot of the Olympic games dance on the pitch during the women's quarterfinal field hockey USA vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Pascal GUYOTPASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images
The USA's Katie Reinprecht waits for playing on the sidelines during the women's quarterfinal field hockey USA vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAMANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
The USA's Stefanie Fee (L) looks on during the women's quarterfinal field hockey USA vs Germany match of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANAMANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Men's 100 meter final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates winning the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botteril/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Kerri Walsh Jennings of United States celebrates a point during a Women's Quarterfinal match between the United States and Australia on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk celebrates his new world record in the men's 400-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
File photo dated 14/8/2016 of Great Britain's Giles Scott poses with a flag at the Maria da Gloria on the ninth day of the Rio Olympics Games, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 15, 2016. See PA story SPORT Olympics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire EDITORIAL USE ONLY
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Suping Meng of China competes during the Weightlifting - Women's +75kg Group A on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 2 on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
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"The more the days that pass, the more upset I get and the more gutted I feel.

"It's still hard to enjoy anything, but it's done and I am having family time now.

"I haven't seen Shauna and Luisne in a long time, so it is great to spend time with them and the rest of my family.

"Family is the most important part of my life, and it always will be."

Conlan, who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, is scheduled to return home next Tuesday, one week after his fight and that explosive RTE interview that caused ructions all around the globe.

He hopes his hard-hitting words will make a difference for other amateur boxers in years to come, so that they don't have to suffer the way he has. "After the fight was over I felt robbed and got a lot off my chest right away," said the charismatic young man, who was crowned the 2015 Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year.

"I used some crazy words in a television interview immediately after wards, but I wouldn't take them back because they were my true emotions at that time. I was honest with myself and honest with every single person who had tuned in to watch.

"If I hadn't have said what I said I would probably feel even worse now. Seeing the reaction it had in terms of getting a message out there, I am glad that I did it.

"I know some people weren't happy with the words I used, but that interview and the reaction it has had has opened the eyes of the world to the corruption in amateur boxing. Hopefully, what I have said can change amateur boxing, and what happened to me won't happen as much to other boxers."

Conlan admits that once he was away from the glare of the cameras there were tears. "After coming out of the ring I did a lot of interviews. At that stage I was fuming and the closer I got to the dressing room the more I started to feel I was going to cry," he told me.

"I didn't cry in any of the interviews, though I was close in the last one when I was asked about my family being in Rio.

"When my family were mentioned I felt so sad because I had brought them all out to see me winning the gold, and then to have that ripped away from us was so hard to accept.

"In the dressing room all these people were coming up to me from the Cuban boxing team to the GB boxing team and telling me I had won the fight. They were devastated by what happened. All the boxing people knew what went on.

"In the dressing room I cried for about 30 seconds. I put my head in a towel and just roared and then dried my face and went and got washed. Then when I went out to see my family I cried for another 30 seconds. My daughter was running about laughing so I thought, 'It's done, get over it'.

"The more time passes, though, the harder it gets because it is starting to sink in now. The first few days I was feeling I was in the middle of a nightmare, but now it has become reality and it is sickening."

What has been heartening for the Belfast native has been the incredible support he has received since being cruelly dumped out of a competition he was widely expected to win.

The boxing fraternity has backed him, along with commentators and members of the public, who couldn't believe that the Russian walked away the victor when it appeared Conlan had won every single round.

Conlan was keen to thank everyone who has been behind him since Tuesday's travesty.

"The support I have had from everyone has been unbelievable, from people at home to people all over the world, and I can't thank everyone enough for the way they have supported me," the boxer told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I want to tell everyone how much their messages and goodwill have meant to me and my family, especially everyone who has been very vocal about the decision and called it how it is.

"It's good to hear people from within boxing and outside of boxing say that I was robbed because that is exactly what happened."

Since Conlan's defeat and the dubious outcome of other results in Rio ring, allegations of corruption have been widespread. Conlan tells an alarming tale of how Team Ireland boxing coach Zaur Antia was informed prior to the fight that Michael's Russian opponent would emerge triumphant.

"Our coach Zaur was told by a Russian two days before the fight that I was getting beat," said Conlan in disgust.

"They didn't tell me about what was said because they wanted me to stay positive. It was so hard on the coaches because they knew what was going on.

"My dad was being so positive before the fight and he was saying to me, 'I believe that you can knock this guy out'. He was trying to motivate me to knock the Russian out because he knew what was going on.

"Since the fight the coaches were saying that they would know if there was anything in what had been said before the fight after the first round. I boxed the head off the guy in the first round and still lost it.

"If you watch the fight back you can see Shauna sitting down after the first round. She doesn't get emotional at fights, but she knew what was going on. She knew what they were doing to me.

"Shauna knew, the coaches knew and my good mate Paddy Barnes knew. I didn't know. No one told me. They all just wanted to be positive with me going into the ring."

Barnes had his own Olympic heartbreak to deal with the previous week, losing his first round light-flyweight fight to Spain's Samuel Carmona.

Conlan was distraught that his pal, who had won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Games, exited so early.

"When Paddy lost I was completely devastated and when I lost he was completely devastated,"the boxer told me.

"We are all part of the Irish team and when any of the boxers in the team lost we were sad because we are team-mates, but with me and Paddy it hurts even more because we are like best mates.

"He was going mental after my fight and wanted to go and see the judges.

"He said he was proud I handled it the way that I did because it was so heartbreaking."

Following his defeat Conlan declared he would not fight as an amateur again.

Had the gifted technician with fast hands and fast feet won gold in Rio, he was still bound for the professional scene, where he will have the style and talent to make money and win titles.

Never lacking self-belief, Conlan believes great things lie ahead for him.

Few would disagree. This kid is the real deal.

"I have a massive career ahead of me," the Belfast man says with the confidence of a champion.

"What has happened in Rio won't define me. It's in the past. I felt it was my destiny to win gold, but it didn't happen. I believe everything happens for a reason and it is all part of a plan which is already written.

"This part has been meant to happen and I will move on from it. It won't change what I will do in the future.

"I will take the rest of the year off and have a few holidays.

"I will also go and talk to a lot of people and take my time before making my next step. Whatever I do I believe I will do it well."

Belfast Telegraph

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