There was disappointment on her Olympics debut for Aoife O'Rourke as she lost out on a unanimous decision to China's Qian Li in their round of 16 middleweight bout.

In what was viewed as a tough draw against the 2018 world champion and bronze medal winner from Rio 2016, O'Rourke certainly did not disgrace herself and was the aggressor early on, delivering a few nice jabs to the body.

In truth, the Castlerea BC fighter showed the greater workrate throughout but Li did land the more accurate punches and the judges had her 3-2 up after the first round.

O'Rourke unloaded a volley of punches early on in round two, but Li's response, despite a lot of holding, was good and she still had the higher marks from three of judges.

The Irish fighter had to put out all the stops in the final round but she didn't deliver enough clean jabs to pull it out of the fire against the number two seed.

Twenty-four-year-old O'Rourke, who only took up the sport six years ago, has already delivered a gold medal success at European level. This Olympic experience will stand to her, with the Paris Games only three years away.

It's clear her focus now is on participating in the French capital when she spoke afterwards.

"It's not the result I wanted today. I was beaten by the better girl and everything is a learning curve. I’m here in Tokyo. Six years ago, my goal probably would have been for Paris 2024 and I’m lucky enough that I got into this Olympic cycle and I’ll go back to the gym now and work for Paris 2024.

"I’ve been working really hard in training and working with the coaches. We had a good plan going in, I put the pressure on her, hoping that she’d back down a bit, but again she just picked me off. She was the better girl on the day. Everything is a learning curve. You learn every day. I’ll take it on the chin, go back to the gym and keep working.