"I'm never going to an Olympics again, it's been two huge disappointments for me" - Ireland's Sanita Puspure

The 34-year-old was speaking to reporters after her loss in the quarter-final of the Women's single sculls event earlier this afternoon

Sanita Puspure

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Ireland's Olympic rower Sanita Puspure vowed that she would never compete in an Olympic Games again after she finished the quarter-final of the women's single sculls in fourth position, just one place shy of a spot in the semi-final. 

Along with the result goes her chance at a medal and the 34-year-old found it difficult to hide her disappointment as she spoke to reporters after the race.

"I'm never going to an Olympics again, it's been two huge disappointments for me," she said. 

She will take part in the C/D finals on Thursday, but for the moment she says she says she hasn't thought about the races.

"I'm not even thinking that far. I need [to go through] the grieving process to get over it and keep going."

With regards to the race itself, Puspure insisted that the plan that she had to progress didn't quite pay off and she resisted the temptation to change her strategy toward the end as she trailed in fourth position.

"I just tried to stay in my own race and do what we were planning to do. We probably let them go a little too far away, but I did start pushing it on from 1000m like I had planned for a big finish. Unfortunately, I came up a little short this time.

"The plan was to be sensible over the first 1000m and then gradually turn the screw and keep going. I felt that's what I did but unfortunately everyone did exactly the same."

She refused to blame conditions on the day, claiming that they were quite favorable for the event.

"Conditions were actually pretty good. It might have been a little bit choppy for the first 1000m but it seems to be improving even now. 

"Because of the first day of racing the heats had absolutely hectic results and because of that the draw was completely messed up. Unfortunately I came on the other side of it."