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Rio Olympics: Patrick Huston vows to hit back after exit

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland archer Patrick Huston's Olympic dream is over after losing to one of the favourites for gold in his event.

The 20-year-old from Belfast, who caused a stir in qualifying last week with his motivational notes which read 'I will be the 2016 Olympic champion', lost to Korean Ku Bonchan in the last 32 of the individual event in Rio last night.

That defeat came just over an hour after one of the best wins of his career when he overcame Dutchman Rick van der Ven, ranked seventh in the world, in dramatic fashion with his final arrow.

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Huston revelled in that success and was feeling confident about his next contest.

But the former Campbell College student, who competed in Rio without his trademark flat cap due the British Olympic Association's dress code, lost 6-0 to Bonchan in sets.

Huston is determined that there will be more Olympic Games for him to come.

He said: "Competing in Rio against the best in the world was a great experience for me. I intend learning from it and coming back stronger in the future."

Huston intends watching other sports in Rio now that his competition is over.

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