Li Qian wins women’s middleweight boxing medal
The Olympics’ middleweight boxing contest was thrilling, with some surprising results. Many expected that the top two competitors, Japan’s Yoko Taramoto and China’s Li Qian would battle it out to win gold. They didn’t win the final, however. Lauren Price, an American completely unprepared, was chosen as the winner.
Lauren Price, an American boxer, was taught by her father that she is not as skilled as men to protect women. Her father told her to let him win their fights, and that’s exactly what she did. She was gracious even in defeat, and she continues to work hard. She never lost hope.
Li Qian, a Chinese female boxer who started boxing in 2008, was not known until her fight against Lauren Price in London that brought her to the attention of the entire world. The match was held in Tokyo and Price won the gold medal in the Olympic women’s boxing competition.
Lauren Price, from the United Kingdom, became the first woman in Wales to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing when she defeated Li Qian, a Chinese woman in the women’s midweight final.
- Price, 27 years old, won his 22nd Olympic Gold Medal with a win of 5-0 points at the Kokugikan Arena Tokyo.
- She is now the second British woman to win a boxing gold medal after her flyweight wins in 2012 and 2016.
- Britain’s 2012 London Olympics record includes 22 golds and 21 silvers as well 22 bronze medals.
- Sport quoted Price as saying, “It’s a dream come to life.
“I still pinch myself. The years of hard work have paid off. Anyone can achieve anything if they dream big enough, and work hard enough.
“I am overjoyed and want to thank all who have supported me since I was eight years of age.”
Price’s grandfather Derek passed away in November. She dedicated her gold medal to him in an emotional interview.
Price, who was raised by her grandparents since the age of 3, said that it was for him and his nan. He knew he would be looking down upon me today and throughout the week.
- “I cannot express my gratitude for all they have done for me over these years; I adore both of them.”
- “A special shout out to my grandmother; it’s a pleasure to visit her and give her my medal.”
- Lauren Price, a boxer on Team GB, meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Price is a great athlete and makes history.
Price, an ex-world champion in kickboxing and former international footballer for Wales was victorious against Li, who was taller and had faster hands and feet.
In the second round, she continued her dominance and controlled the pace while her 31-year old opponent struggled to land. Price was awarded the round by four judges, so Li had to be stopped or knocked out in the final round.
Price was not in danger, however, as Price’s near flawless performance earned her a 30-27 victory on four judges scorecards, and a 29-30 win on the fifth.
Adams, who was in the studio, said that Price was the overwhelming winner.
Li said that Lauren had her strategies down and Li couldn’t keep up with them. It was like watching sparring matches. She made it look so easy.
“She managed all the stress well.”
Price is now the only Welsh boxer to win an Olympic medal, following Ralph Evans’ welterweight gold in London 2012 and Fred Evans’ silver in London 2012.
The Newport native has represented Wales in netball and taekwondo at international levels in different age groups. He has also won various British and European titles in kickboxing.
Prior to focusing her attention on boxing she was a 52-year-old player for Wales’ national football team at all ages. She also earned two senior caps.
Lauren PriceLauren Price (number 5) made 52 appearances in Wales’ women’s national team.
She quickly made history as the first woman from Wales to win a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in Glasgow in 2014. This was followed by gold on Australia’s Gold Coast four year later and a World Championship gold in 2019.
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GB won six medals, including two golds, in the boxing event.
After Galal Yafai’s win in the men’s flyweight category Saturday, Price’s Gold was Britain’s second entry in the Tokyo ring.
Silver medalists were Pat McCormack, men’s welterweight, and Ben Whittaker, men’s light-heavyweight. Bronze medalists were Frazer Carle (men’s superheavyweight) & Kariss Artingstall(women’s featherweight).
This means that Team GB won six medals out of their eleven-strong team – two gold, one silver and two bronze – the most British boxing medals since Antwerp 1920, despite having won three golds in London 2012.
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Beatriz Ferreira, Brazil defeated Kellie Harrington from Ireland in Sunday’s women’s lightweight final.
Harrington, 31, a Dublin maid, became the second Irish woman boxer to win a gold medal after Katie Taylor won the lightweight gold at London’s 2012 Olympics.
Harrington displayed a remarkable performance and won unanimous points. Two of the five judges awarded her victory by 30-27 margins, while the other three scored it 29-28 in her favor.