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Tokyo 2020: Lauren Price of Great Britain defeats China’s Li Qian to win middleweight gold medal

And there will be Paris, too

After winning the Olympic gold medal Saturday, what is next for Great Britain’s boxing women’s middleweight Lauren Price?

Price, 27, was a four-time youth kickboxing champion and a promising footballer with 52 caps for the Wales squad. She propped up her boxing ambitions on the bumper of a taxi, which she drove to help support her goals.

And now at Tokyo, she is golden.

Price took a 5-0 win over Li Qian of China, using her speed and footwork to dance in and out of the pocket and out of range of her taller opponent.

Only 27 years old, Price is already planning to compete at the 2024 Games in Paris. During her run, she defeated old rival Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands, who defeated Canadian Tammara Thibeault along the way.

Price’s medal was Great Britain’s 65th and last of the Tokyo Games.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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  1. Hi Kenai, happy to see posts on the recent Tokyo Olympics–really exciting stuff this year, with the best athletes in the world. Price is no exception! Incredible fight against Li Qian, I knew for sure she was taking home the gold. Also really inspiring to learn how she funded her way to boxing gold. She works hard in and out the ring, that’s for sure. Glad you pointed out her footwork. I was really in awe at how well she manipulated speed around the ring (because you can be fast, but not all speed is efficient). Really excited to see what she’ll bring to Paris 2024. Cheers, will be sharing this!

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