Williams wins taekwondo silver after narrow final defeat to Jelic


auren Williams suffered heartbreak in the final of the women’s taekwondo -67kg by narrowly losing to Matea Jelic.

Williams was leading the final with just 10 seconds to go, but No1 seed Jelic fought back to win gold.

It was gutting for the 22-year-old, who had looked destined to become champion after putting in a brilliant performance.

But, like fellow taekwondo fighter Bradly Sinden, she suffered late heartbreak as Jelic rallied late on to defeat her 25-22.

“It’s not enough. I had her. 10 seconds. I just let it go, I messed up. I made a mistake,” Williams told the BBC. “It’s on me, I couldn’t do much about it. I tried my best in that situation.

“I am very happy with how performed all day. Olympic silver medal? It’s not bad is it.

“I felt good coming here today. I was pretty confident going in today. It’s been absolutely crazy for my first Olympic Games.”

The first round proved to be a very tight affair and the pair could barely be separated over the course of the opening two minutes.

Williams, in the end, shaded the first round 5-4 after landing a head kick and two punches. Jelic hit back with a kick to the body and was awarded two points via Gam-jeom too.

The pair traded head shots early on in the second round and Jelic landed another to take the lead.

But Williams hit back with a punch to the chest and it meant the duo were tied at 10-10 going into the third and final round.

It proved to be just as close as the whole fight, with the pair trading kicks to the trunk and punches to make it 13-13 going into the last minute.

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