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Silver lining for Williams as GB Taekwondo’s Euro medal haul increases

10th April 2021

Lauren Williams with High Performance Coach, Mike Harvey

Lauren Williams added to GB Taekwondo’s medal tally at the European Championships in Bulgaria, narrowly missing a third gold medal in her fourth Euro final.

Williams won three matches to reach the -67kg final but lost 13-10 to 23-year-old Croatian Matea Jelic.

The Welsh star added to compatriot Jade Jones’ gold 24 hours earlier and a battling silver for world champion, Bradly Sinden.

“For the first 10 minutes or so after losing I was gutted,” said Williams.

“But I am really proud of myself for getting this far and for what I have achieved.

“My preparation was far from ideal but I still made the final and got major experience again under my belt.

“So, I am happy and content with what I have done. And there is so much more to work on which I am excited about.”

22-year-old Williams reached the final with an encouraging 18-8 success over Turkey’s former world champion and double Olympic medallist, Nur Tatar.

“I came for gold but on reflection, I am more than happy,” she added.

“But I didn’t get to the ring alone. So, a huge thanks to my coach Mike Harvey and the guys you don’t see from strength and conditioning, physio and the psych team at GB Taekwondo. They were a massive support in the lead up to these championships.

“Now, it is time to go back, rest up and hit the ground running for the one when it really matters.”


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