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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are in full swing, albeit a year late due to COVID-19, and Team GB are scooping up medals left, right and centre.

Tom Daley and his partner Matty Lee claimed victory in the men's synchronised 10m platform dive, and Team GB's men's 200m freestyle relay team scooped gold, setting a new European record.

Georgia Taylor-Brown took silver in the women's triathlon despite a flat tyre during the cycling section and the Team GB women's gymnastics team won a bronze medal for the first time since 1928.

As well as this, 22-year-old Lauren Williams was the first Welsh medallist for Team GB after placing second, scooping a silver medal in the women's -67kg taekwondo at Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

It was the sportswoman's first ever Olympic final, and was her go head-to-head with Croatia.

Sadly, Lauren very narrowly missed out on gold with only 10 seconds to go.

Here's all you need to know about the Team GB Taekwondo silver medallist.

Who is Lauren Williams and where is she from?

Lauren Williams is a double European champion and silver Olympic medallist who is currently 22 years old.

She was born on February 22, 1999, making her star sign a Pisces.

The athlete hails from the south Wales valleys, born in Blackwood, Caerphilly and raised in the small nearby village of Pontllanfraith.

How did Lauren's career in taekwondo start?

Although the athlete hasn't always practiced taekwondo, she's long been involved in combat sport.

As a child she won her first kickboxing world title aged six, and continued with the sport, reaching a junior professional level before giving it up in 2012.

It was watching taekwondo champion Jade Jones' win at the London 2012 Olympics which inspired Lauren to make the switch, with dad Allan urging her to apply for GB Taekwondo's 'Fighting Chance' talent-identification initiative.

Then aged 14, Lauren was offered a place in the GB taekwondo academy, but was too young to live in athlete's accommodation, meaning the working class family a very tough decision to make.

Allan and wife Tanya decided they would live apart for 18 months to support Lauren's dream, with dad Allan and youngest daughter Kirstie staying at home in Wales.

Tanya and Lauren then headed to the outskirts of Manchester to pursure the young athlete's dream, where they lived in a caravan with only the bare minimum.

Speaking about his and his wife's sacrifice, Allan told The Telegraph: "Who can deny a child their dream and prevent any sort of opportunities?"

Tanya, who even gave up work during that time, and Lauren spent a year and a half feeding 20ps into the machine for a quick rinse in the caravan site's shower block, and slept on their caravan's sofa.

Her hours and hard work paid off, after moving up to a senior level, Lauren struck gold at the European Championships in Montreux in 2016.

She was also selected as a reserve for the Olympic Games in Rio, before retaining her title as Junior World Champion later that year.

Lauren has gone on to defend her European crown and finished off 2018 with a gold at the Grand Slam in Wuxi, China.

She has also achieved gold at the European Games and added silver to her collection from the 2021 European Championships.

She is now a silver medalist in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

What did Lauren have to say about her Olympic silver medal win?

Watched by hero Jade Jones, Williams lost a three-point advantage with 10 seconds remaining at 25-22.

Speaking after the final, Lauren said "I went out there to win, I tried my best, I'm very happy with how I performed."

She added, with a smile on her face, "Olympic silver medals aren't bad are they?"

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