Tokyo 2020: No dress rehearsal for the moment an Olympic dream is crushed

Only a few days in, we've seen a gamut of raw emotion as Irish athletes make their exit

Emmet Brennan:  the 30-year-old light-heavyweight from inner-city Dublin shows the pain of defeat after his defeat to    Uzbeck fighter Dilshodbek Ruzmetov.  Photographer: James Crombie/Inpho

Emmet Brennan: the 30-year-old light-heavyweight from inner-city Dublin shows the pain of defeat after his defeat to Uzbeck fighter Dilshodbek Ruzmetov. Photographer: James Crombie/Inpho

All the Olympics is a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances.

Only three days in, and Shakespeare would have thrown down his pencil already – impossible as it is to capture in words these gusts of raw feeling, the chins up and heads down, the dry eyes and the real tears and other montages of heck that fall in between. And that’s just among the Irish who have made their exits and their entrances thus far.

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