Karriss Artingstall (red) fighting Skye Nicholson at Tokyo 2020 Olympics 280721 CREDIT XINHUA ALAMY
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Karriss Artingstall Has 'Head Up High' After Missing Out On Olympic Final

The gunner lost narrowly to Japan's Sena Irie in the semi-final on Saturday.

Karriss Artingstall (red) fighting Skye Nicholson at Tokyo 2020 Olympics 280721 CREDIT XINHUA ALAMY

The Army's Karriss Artingstall says she can hold her "head up high" after narrowly missing out on a place in the women's featherweight boxing final at the Tokyo Olympics.

She lost on a split judges decision in the final round of Saturday's semi-final to Japan's Sena Irie.

The gunner will bring home a bronze medal after a brilliant Olympic campaign. 

She told the BBC: "You kind of beat yourself up a little bit because you wanted to do better.

"I'm not even going to lie to you – before I came out to the Olympics my goal was to just get on the podium.

"My most nerve-racking fight was the quarter-finals, obviously, because I was like 'am I going to get on that podium, am I not?'. If I don't, I kind of feel like, not like I wasted my time as such.

WATCH: Karriss' mother Laurette Dyer and first coach Kevin Bradbury tell Forces News she will come back 'stronger'.

"To leave here with something is better than leaving empty handed. I can hold my head up high and just show anything is possible."

The Royal Artillery fighter, 26, made history when she became the British Army's first female Olympic boxer.

She thanked all of the people who have supported her on her journey.

Her first coach Kevin Bradbury told Forces News: "'I've been exchanging WhatsApps with her all day.

"Obviously we're 100% proud of what she's achieved, where's she's come from, where's she's got to.

"All the kids in the gym [are] absolutely buzzing off it, the whole of the town has been behind Karriss.

"Obviously she's a bit raw at the moment, she thought she'd done enough, but that's boxing. I'm sure Karriss will come back better and stronger," he added.

Cover image: Karriss Artingstall in action at the Tokyo Olympics (Picture: XINHUA Alamy).