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Lauren is a priceless Welsh treasure

Sports 10 Aug, 2021 Follow News

Lauren Price excels in many sports

Of all the Olympic gold medal winners, boxer Lauren Price’s backstory must count as one of the most remarkable.

She dedicated her Olympic gold medal to her late grandfather in a tearful TV interview in Tokyo.

Price beat China's Li Qian in the women's middleweight final to crown an incredible Games for the multi-talented 27-year-old. Dominating her opponent, the five judges scored the bout 30-27 to Price.

Her backstory reads like a movie script; her grandparents Derek and Linda Price, brought her up from three days old before she embarked on a stellar sporting career which included playing football for Wales 52 times, netball and taekwondo international honours and winning world, European and British honours in kickboxing.

When a schoolgirl, Price told a teacher of her sporting ambitions who dismissed her dreams as nonsense. Thankfully, her grandparents backed her completely.

Her grandfather passed away last year. Not surprisingly, Price dedicated her medal to her grandparents. She intends to defend her title at the Paris Games in three years’ time.

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