Posted: Tue 22nd Feb 2022

Flintshire’s Jade Jones wins Taekwondo gold in first competition since Olympic defeat

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Feb 22nd, 2022

Flintshire’s Jade Jones has won -57kg gold in the WT President’s Cup in Albania. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It was her first competition since being defeated at the 2020 Olympics. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 28-year-old beat fourth seed Nikita Glasnovic 10-2 in the final in Albania. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Flintshire star’s bid to become the first British woman to win gold medals at three consecutive Olympics suffered first-round heartbreak by Refugee team athlete Kimia Alizadeh at Tokyo 2020 last July. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jade, the reigning world champion, hadn’t fought since but she returned to action at the WT Presidents Cup on Monday. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 28-year-old was part of a 15-strong squad that includes Tokyo medallists, Bianca Walkden and Lauren Williams (pictured top right). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Before the fight Jade said: “The way my career has gone, it’s been all highs and not many lows,” said Jones. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“In Tokyo, experiencing the biggest low for me makes you appreciate even more how important the mind is. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It is super important to look after your mental health and it is something big I have been working on. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It can be hard to be as motivated as the 17-year-old Jade. However, just constantly changing the goals and remembering why you are doing it helps me.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It is easy to be motivated when you lose; it’s hard when you stay winning constantly. So, giving yourself a target to strive for is good for me.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Jones, whose last tournament success came at last year’s European Championships, added: “I have got a proper buzz and just can’t wait to get into the ring. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“It feels like forever since I have competed, so I can’t wait to get back into action. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Training has gone well, and we had a good camp in Mexico with plenty of test matches and lots of sparring.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

[Feature Photo: gbtaekwondo.co.uk] ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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