Bianca Walkden secured Olympic taekwondo bronze with victory in her final bout at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Walkden heartbreakingly missed out on a place in the Olympic final with a last-second defeat in her earlier semi-final, but was the better fighter throughout against Poland’s Aleksandra Kowalczuk.
The medal is a second Olympic bronze of Walkden’s career, after she also finished on the podium at Rio in 2016.
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Her Polish opponent in Tuesday’s match struggled to get into the flow of the fight, with the 2018 European Champion slipping into an early deficit.

'She's a champion' - GB's Walkden wins bronze after semi-final agony

Kowalczuk closed the gap in the second round to put Walkden under pressure, but the 29-year-old Liverpudlian showed her class in the third and final round to pick up a bronze – not the medal she came to Tokyo for but one she looked relieved to have won.
In the final Serbia's Milica Mandic beat South Korea's Lee Da-Bin in a nervy and even contest to secure Olympic gold.

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