British taekwondo athlete L. Williams was born on February 25, 1999. In 2019, L. Williams took home gold at the European Championships for the third year in a row, this time in Bari, Italy.
These victories came at a weight of -67 kilogrammes, the category in which she currently reigns. L. Williams was the undisputed champion of the Junior World Championships in 2014 and 2016.
At the Grand Slam Series finals in Wuxi, China, in December of 2018, L. Williams emerged victorious. With many podium performances in the Grand Prix Series, L. Williams has won two gold medals.
L. Williams Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
After losing the final to Matea Jeli, she qualified for Great Britain’s quota spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and took home silver in the -67 kg weight class. Olympic taekwondo finalist L. Williams came agonisingly close to winning gold for Great Britain at the Makuhari Hall in Tokyo before losing to Matea Jelic of Croatia on a late surge.
The 22-year-old had battled through an injury-plagued year to make it to the finals of the women’s -67kg division and for a little moment appeared like she may take home the sport’s top award. L. Williams had a three-point lead with 10 seconds left, but she gave it up and lost 25-22 in front of Jade Jones.
Whose victory at the 2012 Olympics motivated L. Williams to give up a successful junior career in kick-boxing and emulate her hero. L. Williams had taken a one-point lead at the end of round one and flipped the tie back in her favour in the final round.
With two straight two-point trunk kicks heading into the last half minute, had a terrible day finish in defeat. At the age of 14, she applied to the lottery-funded Fighting Chance scheme and was eventually selected to train with the GB squad.
Her mother quit her work and spent 18 months in a caravan with her. L. Williams 17 years old, went to Rio 2016 as a reserve and saw her idol, Jones, win gold in two events. Even though she lost her first-round match on Sunday, Jones was still there in Tokyo on Monday to cheer on L. Williams as he won Great Britain’s fifth medal of the day.
The silver medalist was Ulugbek Rashitov of Uzbekistan, who also defeated Bradly Sinden of the United States in the men’s -68kg final on Sunday.
L. Williams a taekwondo competitor from Wales, says the realisation that she won an Olympic silver medal has only recently set in. L. Williams lost the gold medal match to Matea Jelic of Croatia in the women’s -67 kilogramme division at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but she still managed to take silver.
The 22-year-old made her Olympic debut after being encouraged to compete by the success of her countrywoman Jade Jones in London. It hasn’t hit me yet,” L. Williams said on BBC Radio Wales Sport.