Bargoed boxer Lauren Price happy with historic bronze

BRONZE: Lauren Price, left, watches as Ariane Fortin celebrates victory in their semi-final

BRONZE: Lauren Price, left, watches as Ariane Fortin celebrates victory in their semi-final

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BARGOED’S Lauren Price has won bronze in Glasgow – the first Welsh woman boxer to win a medal at a Commonwealth Games.

The sport was introduced for the first time in Games history for Glasgow 2014 and Price made it to the podium.

The 20-year-old was only denied the chance to fight for gold after losing a very tight split decision to experienced Canadian Ariane Fortin.

“It was a hard fight but she is ten years older than me and a two-time world champion,” said Price.

“I gave it my all. It has been a great experience and I hope to be back in four years time.

“I came here with the goal of getting a medal and I achieved that.”

Price, who was captain of the Wales under-19s football team until last year, now faces a tough decision on whether to stick with boxing or return to playing in midfield for her country.

“I am not sure whether I will be doing football or boxing next,” she said.

“I might look for the Olympics so who knows?”

Wales boxing coach Colin Jones said: "She boxed superbly. She is 20 years of age and hasn't had much experience. She's more used to being a footballer playing for Wales.

"Of course it's a massive occasion for her. She's done exceptionally well, coming away with a bronze medal. She'll be back.

"It was almost the toss of a coin that she didn't make it to the final," he added after the judges scorecards were level after four two-minute rounds.

"We don't have any complaints about the decision and I'm sure if Lauren's hand had gone up, the Canadian camp wouldn't have had any complaints either. It was that tight. It was a great spectacle for women's boxing."

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