Aussie boxer fights once, loses, but still wins bronze

In a bizarre turn of events, the 19-year-old home hope was given a bye in the seven-woman draw, propelling her straight into the semifinals.

Taylah Robertson during her semifinal fight with England's Lisa Whiteside.   -  Getty Images

Australian flyweight Taylah Robertson won boxing bronze on Friday at the Commonwealth Games -- despite losing her one and only bout.

In a bizarre turn of events, the 19-year-old home hope was given a bye in the seven-woman draw, propelling her straight into the semifinals.

That meant a certain bronze, even though she was beaten on a split-points decision by former skull-fracture victim Lisa Whiteside of England.

With the bout over in three rounds, each three minutes long, Robertson's Games lasted just nine minutes.

Whiteside, 32, who suffered the serious fracture in a freak fall in 2015, goes into Saturday's final and will face Carly McNaul of Northern Ireland.

A disconsolate Robertson said she took no satisfaction from winning bronze and felt she did enough to beat Whiteside, who was the aggressor throughout.

“She came forward strong, I didn't think she landed the cleaner shots,” said Robertson.

Asked by AFP if it felt an unsatisfying bronze, she replied: “Yeah, it does. I came here for gold.”

And could she take anything out of her nine-minute cameo at the Games on Australia's Gold Coast?

“No, nothing. I didn't come here for bronze,” she answered.