If anyone could be commended for their unrelenting tenacity, it might be Australian wrestler Jayden Lawrence.
The 27-year-old took out the bronze medal in the Men’s Freestyle 86kg, beating out South African Edward Lessing in a 12-11 victory by points.
The win brought an end to Australia’s 12-year wrestling medal drought at the Commonwealth Games, when Ivan Popov won gold in the men’s 120kg Greco Roman event in Delhi 2010.
However, it was after the bout that Lawrence revealed he had been wrestling his last two matches on one leg, having ruptured his lateral cruciate ligament during a previous bout against Pakistan’s Muhamma Inam earlier in the day.
Lawrence made the revelation in a post-event interview with Seven as he waited for the medal ceremony to proceed.
“In about five minutes, I won’t be able to walk,” he said.
When asked if not being able to walk was worth winning a Commonwealth Games medal, he replied “bloody oath”.
Lawrence’s triumph comes in his third appearance in the Commonwealth Games, starting out his 2022 campaign by defeating Singapore’s Weng Luen Gary Chow to reach the quarter finals, where he lost to Inam to qualify for the bronze medal match.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
“I’ve been training really hard for this, given up a lot.
“I’m so happy.”