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Team GB’s Lauren Williams wins taekwondo silver as Jelic takes gold

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Watch: Team GB wins silver in taekwondo

Great Britain’s Lauren Williams has secured a taekwondo 67kg silver medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, having looked on course for a final triumph against Matea Jelic of Croatia.

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The 22-year-old Welsh competitor had been in control of the gold-medal match and led by six points at one point in the final round, but her tenacious opponent fought back and landed a crucial head kick in the final seconds to take a 25-22 victory. Jelic, the reigning European champion, roared with delight and blew kisses at the camera in celebrating her success.

Williams told the BBC: “It’s not enough, I had her, 10 seconds, I just let it go … I made a mistake and let it go – it’s on me. I went out there to win and tried my best but it didn’t happen on the day. I am very happy with how I performed but it’s a shame she got it. An Olympic silver medal is not bad, is it?”

<span>Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters</span>
Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters
Matea Jelic of Croatia celebrates winning taekwondo gold.
Matea Jelic of Croatia celebrates winning taekwondo gold. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Williams had progressed into the final with a 24-18 semi-final success against Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi. Williams and Jelic had faced each other twice before the Olympic final, with a victory each. 

The silver medal continues a stellar day of success for Team GB with Tom Pidcock, Tom Daley and Matty Lee, and Adam Peaty winning gold medals.

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