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Lauren Price: 'Olympic gold would top everything in my career'

Wales' first female boxer to compete at the Olympics had success in football and kickboxing before switching to boxing.

Team GB medal hope Lauren Price told The Duke of Cambridge that boxing gold at Tokyo 2020 would top everything in her extraordinary career.

Price, 27, made over 50 appearances for Wales Women's national football team and won senior world and European kickboxing titles before focusing on her Olympic dream.

In an interview for BBC Sport, Price, who will become Wales' first female boxer to compete at the Olympics, spoke with Prince William about her remarkable life and expectations for Tokyo.

Lauren Price in conversation with The Duke of Cambridge
Lauren Price in conversation with The Duke of Cambridge (Kensington Palace)

"The Olympics mean the world to me and if I was to go and win a gold medal it would top everything in my career," said Price, who was raised in Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan, by her grandparents, Derek and Linda.

"I remember being sat in the living room with my Nan and Grandad watching the Olympics and seeing Kelly Holmes win gold, and at the time I didn't know what sport I wanted to do, I just wanted to go to the Olympic Games."

Four-time world champion and six-time European champion at kickboxing, Price won the inaugural Welsh Premier Women's Football League title with Cardiff in 2013 and won 52 senior caps for Wales before quitting football to focus on boxing in 2014.

Former taxi driver Price, whose grandfather died last year, revealed her sporting dreams in a story she wrote at school.

Middleweight Lauren Price won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk
Middleweight Lauren Price won gold at the 2019 European Games in Minsk (Martin Rickett/PA)

Nan Linda told the BBC: "Lauren said she wanted to be a world champion kick boxer, play football for Wales and go to the Olympics and the teacher laughed. I said, 'you should never try and shatter their dreams.'

"It's just sad that her grandfather's not here to see it because he would have been the proudest man in the valley."

GB Boxing performance director Rob McCracken added: "She's a phenomenal athlete and a real role model for the females, certainly at GB Boxing and in the team.

"She's in a great position now to go on and fulfil her potential, which is winning an Olympic medal."

:: Watch the full chat between the Duke of Cambridge and Lauren Price on BBC Sport's website now.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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