Australian wrestler suffers a knee ligament injury but continues to compete to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
With a torn LCL, Western Sydney wrestler Jayden Lawrence battled through two matches to win Australia’s first medal at the Commonwealth Games since 2010, when he had trouble getting out of the ring.
South African Edward Lessing was a tough opponent for Lawrence to defeat in Birmingham, but Lawrence prevailed 11-10 to win the bronze medal.
To overcome Pakistani Muhammad Inam and advance past the quarterfinals, the cabinet maker by trade continued to compete despite tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
In the bronze match, the 27-year-old quickly built a 12-6 lead, but when Lessing pinned the Australian to win five straight points, he began to physically tire.
After waiting patiently through three Commonwealth Games to secure a podium spot, the Camden-based wrestler was denied the third-place prize at the 2014 Glasgow Games.
Lawrence remarked, “It’s been a long time coming.”
I have put a lot of effort into my preparation.
I’ve given up a lot, but I’m so happy.
I slightly hurt myself during the Pakistan game.
I will be unable to walk after tearing my LCL in five minutes.
Bloody oath (it paid off).
In the 86 kg freestyle division, where Lawrence competes, points are awarded for legally holding down opponents and performing takedowns and throws.
The lateral collateral ligament (LCL), which runs along the outside of the knee, attaches to the lower thigh and the top of the fibula.
Thomas Barns, a 97-kg freestyler and the Oceania champion, would place, according to Lawrence, who bragged about the talent of his fellow Australian wrestlers.
“I assure you that Thomas Barns will win a medal,”
He has been showing up to train with me and has been extremely diligent.
Despite the fact that there is no money in professional wrestling, the seasoned wrestler claimed that his passion for the sport is sufficient to support a 12-year medal quest.
Wrestling has not yet been officially confirmed for the 2026 Commonwealth Games in rural Victoria.
In order to convince officials that Australians are more than capable and deserving of a home birth, Lawrence, who is currently a coach in the sport, hopes to use his medal.
Sydney wrestler Jayden Lawrence wrestled through a torn knee to take bronzeThe 27-year-old finally medalled in his third Commonwealth GamesLawrence hopes his bronze will push Australia to fight for wrestling at the 2026 Games