Smith barring talking after on ITV didn't speak after the defeat until returning home. In a Facebook post that he shared on social media, he said that he believes one day all the heartbreak will be worth it so he can finally claim his gold medal.
"It's starting to become annoying but I'll get there eventually" - Michael Smith continues to believe despite further major heartbreak
"I know once again it wasn't the result we wanted and I know there's messages saying bottle job or whatever. But sadly that's the world we live in, win or nothing. There's Olympians that are chuffed with top 10 finishes or bronze or silver. Sadly that gold is still waiting for me to collect. But one thing I'm proud of myself with is how quick I turn away from these losses and get straight back on it and get ready for the next," said Smith.
"One day all this heartache and blood, sweat and tears will be worth it. I know I'm one of the hardest and most consistent players out there and I will get my gold medal and then more and more."