Team GB’s Lauren Williams wins taekwondo silver as Jelic takes gold💥👩💥💥👩💥

Great Britain’s Lauren Williams has secured a taekwondo 76kg silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, having looked on course for a final triumph against Matea Jelic of Croatia.

The 22-year-old Welsh competitor had been in control of the gold-medal match and led by six points at one point in the final round, but her tenacious opponent fought back and landed a crucial head kick in the final seconds to take a 25-22 victory. Jelic, the reigning European champion, roared with delight and blew kisses at the camera in celebrating her success.

Williams told the BBC: “It’s not enough, I had her, 10 seconds, I just let it go … I made a mistake and let it go – it’s on me. I went out there to win and tried my best but it didn’t happen on the day. I am very happy with how I performed but it’s a shame she got it. An Olympic silver medal is not bad, is it?”

Matea Jelic of Croatia celebrates winning taekwondo gold. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Williams had progressed into the final with a 24-18 semi-final success against Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi. Williams and Jelic had faced each other twice before the Olympic final, with a victory each.

The silver medal continues a stellar day of success for Team GB with Tom Pidcock, Tom Daley and Matty Lee, and Adam Peaty winning gold medals.

Team GB’s Lauren Williams wins taekwondo silver as Jelic takes gold

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