Lauren Price: Olympic Gold In Tokyo
Lauren Price on the final day of the Tokyo Olympic Games claimed Gold in a highly-impressive fashion.
Li Qian, a world champion and an Olympic medallist from Rio, came with elite credentials but had no answer to Price who looked on another level to her opponent. Her semi-final against Nouchka Fontijn was close, too close, but the final was anything but.
The final, on paper, had the look of a fight that was too close to call. It was supposed to be decided by fine margins, a wafer-thin split-decision, Price had other ideas.
It was a masterful dazzling display of speed of hand and foot, and the unanimous decision was a mere formality. The fighting maestro from Wales made it look effortless. Price needed to be good, she was near perfect.
The multi-talented Price has excelled in many things in her young life, but this was her defining moment in a life of almost constant success. The win will inspire others, an important night for her sport and her country.
Price 27, was a world champion in kickboxing and earned 52 caps playing for Wales in football. But boxing is her true calling, and the new Olympic middleweight champion will surely find it hard to resist the lucrative offers that will undoubtedly come her way to turn professional. Price’s days as a taxi driver look over. The commitment to boxing in 2014 has paid off, Price looks to have a golden future ahead of her.
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