Tokyo Olympics: Lauren Williams gets closer to gold taekwondo medal after beating Ruth Gbagbi

Lauren Williams closes in on the gold taekwondo medal after beating Ruth Gbagbi to reach the final of the women’s 67kg class, where she takes on Croatia’s Matea Jelic

Lauren Williams continued Team GB’s sensational Monday after she entered the final of the women’s 67kg taekwondo final.

Williams defeated Ruth Gbagbi from Ivory Coast in the semifinals of their match

Williams will now face Croatia’s Matea Jelic from 1:30 p.m. Friday for the gold medal, following the Croat’s victory in the other semi-final of the day against United States’ Paige McPherson.

Williams burst into a commanding lead after the first lap and dominated to go to an 18-3 lead that she barely seemed to give up.

The Welsh fighter saw her lead fall to 11 points in the second round, where she maintained a healthy 20-9 lead.

Ivory Coast’s Gbagbi fought back well on the final lap, but Williams screamed with joy after reaching the gold medal match, with the 22-year-old now assured of at least a silver medal.

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