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July 2014

By Holly

Posted in Taekwondo

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Jade Jones Reclaims Gold

Britain’s first ever female Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones recently suffered disappointment in the recent World Grand Prix. However this disappointment was very short lived as Jade finished a gruelling trip to the Far East in spectacular fashion claiming gold in the -57kg weight division at the Korean Open.

The fantastic result ensured Jade collected valuable ranking points towards qualifications for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

“I had five really tough fights,” she said after a 5-2 final victory over Chinese rival, Wangyun. “And what a long day. 14 hours at the competition.”

Alongside Jade in the GB squad, is Lauren Williams who has already left her stamp on the taekwondo world after winning a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Chinese Taipei earlier this year. Now a proud owner of two bronze medals after reaching the Korean Open semi finals in the -59kg weight division.

The rest of the team put up an extremely good fight however narrowly missed out on scoring some additional medals. The squad have now returned to Manchester to continue training, ensuring they are thoroughly prepared for the upcoming World Grand Prix events in Kazakhstan and Manchester.