Tokyo 2020 Olympics live: Tom Pidcock wins gold in mountain biking as Lauren Williams advances to taekwondo finalπŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ’₯πŸ’₯πŸ‘©πŸ’₯

by Pippa Field in Tokyo

It will be another taekwondo medal for Great Britain in Tokyo after Lauren Williams surged into the women’s -67kg final.

If the end of her quarter-final was a messy affair, then she hit the ground running against Ruth Ggagbi, the bronze medallist from Rio, in the semi-final.

Leading 18-3 after the first round, she took that lead out to 20-9 with one round remaining.

The danger was always that Ggagbi would fight back, the unpredictable nature of taekwondo meaning nothing is ever certain in this sport.

However the Welsh fighter dug deep, and when the hooter sounded with the final score reading 24-18, Williams sunk to her knees in celebration.

The journey to this point has been one of great sacrifice for all concerned. When the former kickboxer decided to pursue taekwondo full time, she was too young to join the Great Britain academy. The result was she and her mum relocated to Manchester to live in a caravan while her sister and dad stayed behind in Wales, only grabbing time together as family on the odd weekends.

Injuries have also dogged Williams throught, although she still managed to win silver at this year’s European Championships.

Now only Matea Jelic, the reigning world champion, stands in the way of upgrading that to Olympic gold.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics live: Tom Pidcock wins gold in mountain biking as Lauren Williams advances to taekwondo final

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