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GB's Williams wins stunning Grand Prix gold - report & highlights

From BBC - October 20, 2017

British fighter Lauren Williams claimed a breakthrough World Taekwondo Grand Prix title on a brilliant day for the GB team in London.

The 18-year-old, who is a two-time world junior champion, defeated Ivory Coast's former senior world champion Ruth Gbagbi 43-23 in the -67kg final.

"It's such a big competition, I am lost for words," she told BBC Sport.

Team-mate Bradly Sinden claimed -68kg silver and GB heavyweight Mahama Cho took +80kg bronze.

Williams defeated Rabia Gulec of Germany in her opening round before securing an impressive golden-point victory over world number one and reigning world champion Nur Tatar of Turkey in the quarter-finals.

The Welsh teenager then powered past American Paige McPherson, who won bronze at London 2012, in the semi-finals before defeating Gbagbi.

"I did not put anyone above me and I knew I could beat them, but having my family here today certainly helped," she said. "It's the first time I have enjoyed a competition and I have smiled all day."

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