Lauren Price has won boxing gold in women’s middleweight making her the only
second British woman to win Olympic boxing gold medal
Price underlined her status as the No.1 ranked fighter in the middleweight division,
winning a unanimous decision.
She defeated China‘s Li Qian at the Kokugikan Arena on the last day of the games.
Price’s win last time round over Nouchka Fontijn had been a struggle, edging out
her Dutch rival on a wafer-thin split decision, but there was no such drama in
The 27-year-old from Wales was able to use her superior lateral movement to
confound Li, getting in and out of range at will to control the tempo throughout to
claim a unanimous points win. This was Britain’s final gold of the Tokyo Olympics,
cementing fourth place in the medal table, while their six Olympic gongs in boxing is
their best haul in 101 years.
Earlier, 31-year-old Kellie Harrington claimed gold for Ireland in the women’s
lightweight category after a unanimous decision victory over Brazil’s Beatriz Ferreira.
It marks the first time Ireland has won two gold medals in two different sports at
the same Olympics, with rowers Fintan McCarthy and Paul O’Donovan also winning
in the men’s lightweight double sculls.