World Taekwondo Grand Prix: Lauren Williams and Bradly Sinden take Rome bronze

Lauren Williams is a double European Taekwondo champion
Lauren Williams is a double European Taekwondo champion

European champion Lauren Williams claimed bronze at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix in Rome despite struggling with a double hamstring tear.

British team-mate Bradly Sinden also won bronze in the men's -68kg division.

Welsh fighter Williams, 19, beat Ivorian world champion Ruth Gbagbi in the quarter-finals before losing 11-23 to Weit Henin of France.

"I'm gutted but both [tears] are pretty severe and it's stopped me training leading into this," said Williams.

"I had two strong performances today and am planning a break now to fully recover but I'm proud of how I battled through today."

Williams suffered the injuries in the defence of her Euro crown last month.

Englishman Sinden, 19, came through two fights before an 18-12 semi-final loss to Olympian Aleksey Denisenko.

"There are positives to take from throughout the day and I was trying to keep it close with Denisenko, but unfortunately he just caught me towards the end," said the European bronze medallist.

Double Olympic champion Jade Jones will compete in the women's -57kg division on Saturday, with two-time world champion Bianca Walkden in action on Sunday.

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