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September 2014

By Holly

Posted in Taekwondo

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Count down to Rio

An emotional appearance is in store for Olympic champion Jade Jones who will be competing against the world’s top Taekwondo athletes on her home turf in Manchester at the WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix attracts the world’s top 250 athletes across eight weight categories and Jones will be up front leading the Great Britain challenge. The event commencing 24th October 2014 holds vital ranking points as part of the qualification process for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

After storming the London 2012 Olympics, Jade became Britain’s first Olympic Taekwondo gold medallist in the -57kg category. Lutalo Muhammad followed with a bronze medal in the -80kg weight division.

Jones said “At the halfway point between London and Rio, I’m in a really good place physically and mentally. There’s still a lot more to come from me and I’m confident looking ahead to Rio.”

“I’m really looking forward to the Grand Prix in Manchester. I love performing in the UK and it means a lot to the whole GB team, particularly as we’re based here. It’s a great opportunity for sports fans to come and see us in action. All my friends and family come and watch me when I’m competing in the UK as well and I perform better when they’re there – I feel really motivated and fight harder in front of them.”

Gary Hall, GB Taekwondo Performance Director, said: “Home support really spurred us on last year, leading to three British finalists and two winners. The Grand Prix presents a great opportunity to get up close and personal to elite level Taekwondo, to experience the speed, drama and excitement of a competition which has the added draw of valuable ranking points for Rio 2016 being up for grabs.”