Middleweight boxer Lauren Price is guaranteed to win at least a bronze medal after reaching the Olympic semi-finals.
Price, 27, from Ystrad Mynach, beat Panama’s Atheyna Bylon 5-0 on Saturday, July 31 to book her spot in the semi-finals.
It was her second 5-0 win on the bounce, having marked her Olympic debut with a 5-0 win over Mongolia’s Myagmarjargal Munkhbat in the last 16 on Wednesday, July 28.
She will now face Nouckha Fontijn of the Netherlands in the semi-final on Friday, August 6.
Price beat Fontijn in the final of the European Championships in 2019.
Speaking to the BBC after her win against Bylon, Price said: “It’s a dream come true.
“It’s been my dream since I was eight years of age to reach an Olympic games and I’d never think about even getting here, let alone medalling – but I know I’m not finished yet.”
She added: “I’m just over the moon. I really can’t put into words what it means to me.”
Before going into boxing full-time, Price played football for Cardiff City and won 52 caps for Wales. She also became world kickboxing champion aged 12, but switched from kickboxing to boxing aged 16.
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After leaving the ring following the unanimous victory, Price shouted “It’s for you, nan” into the camera.
As a baby, Price was taken in by her grandparents, who raised her and supported her lofty sporting ambitions.
Earlier this year, Price’s grandmother Linda told the BBC: “You just knew when she was young she was going to do something wonderful. It was in her.
“Lauren said she wanted to be a World Champion kickboxer, play football for Wales and she wants to go to the Olympics. The teacher laughed and I said you should never try to shatter their dreams.”
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