Lauren Price became Wales’ first boxing gold medallist when she was crowned Olympic champion following a comprehensive unanimous victory over China’s Qian Li on the final day of Toyko 2020.
Following on from teammate Galal Yafai’s success yesterday, Price earned Team GB’s second boxing gold and a historic sixth medal overall in Tokyo, equalling the team’s biggest Olympic haul since Antwerp 1920.
For the 27-year-old it means she is now currently; World, European, Commonwealth and Olympic champion all whilst also being ranked top seed in the world.
On her way to middleweight gold, Price’s route to the final included some memorable victories which included a narrow-split victory over fierce-rival and subsequent bronze medallist Nouchka Fontijn of Netherlands as well as an impressive 5:0 quarter-final display against Panama’s Atheyna Bylon.
Price said: “”I can’t really put this into words – it’s a dream come true.
“I still can’t believe it, I’ve got to pinch myself, but it just goes to show, if you dream and work hard enough, you can achieve anything.
“I’m over the moon, a huge thank you to everyone who supported me on this journey, from starting off at eight years of age, to everyone back at home who has shown me so much support. It means the world and it’s got me through.
“A big shout out to my nan, I can’t wait to see her. My granddad passed away last year. This is for him, and my nan, I know he was looking down on me today and all week, I can’t put into words what they’ve done for me over the years.
“I love them both so much, I can’t wait to see my nan, and everyone, to show this medal off.”
Middleweight 75kg – Lauren Price vs Qian Li CHI – Lauren wins via unanimous decision
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