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Athletics Olympics in Brief

Women’s taekwondo: Lauren Williams came agonisingly close to claiming Olympic taekwondo gold for Great Britain at the Makuhari Hall in Tokyo before a late burst by her opponent Matea Jelic sealed the title for Croatia.

The Blackwood 22-year-old had risen from the ashes of an injury-ravaged year to blaze into the women’s -67kg final and fleetingly looked to have the biggest prize in her sport at her mercy.

But watched by Jade Jones, whose win at the 2012 Olympics inspired Williams to give up a successful junior career in kick-boxing and emulate her hero, Williams lost a three-point advantage with 10 seconds remaining to lose 25-22.

Women’s boxing: Karriss Artingstall moved into the quarter-finals of the women’s featherweight category at Tokyo 2020 with a comprehensive unanimous decision win over third seed Jucielen Romeu.

The 26-year-old Briton, who overcame Botswana’s Keamogetse Kenosi at the weekend, won all three rounds on four of the five judges’ scorecards and two of the three on the other against her Brazilian opponent on Monday evening.

Victory saw the Macclesfield boxer, who won bronze at the 2019 world championship, set up a clash with 2018 Commonwealth champion Skye Nicolson of Australia.

Men’s swimming: New Olympic champion Tom Daley revealed he could not walk just weeks before winning diving gold with Matty Lee at Tokyo 2020.

The 27-year-old had knee surgery in June but recovered to take a faultless victory in the synchronised 10 metres platform on Monday.

The pair beat China by just 1.23 points after a nerveless display as Daley collected his third Olympic medal.

But Daley admitted he was struggling to even make it to Japan after an operation last month.

He said: “I had a pretty bad knee injury. Basically, I haven’t said this yet, but in June I tore my meniscus and underwent knee surgery.”

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