Jade Jones, GB’s first ever Olympic gold in Taekwondo
The 19-year-old Welsh athlete Jade Jones has become the first ever British Olympic gold medalist in Taekwondo.
On August 9th, Jade Jones won against the Chinese athlete Yuzhuo Hou in the women’s -57kg final and made the whole GB crowd at the ExCel shout with happines.
Jones had lost against her opponent Hou in last year’s World Taekwondo Championship and therefore this victory had a greater value.
In the 1st round of the final match, Jones and Hou took their time to analyze each other, and the round ended without a score. In the 2nd round, Jones succeeded with two attacks to the trunk, getting ahead of Hou with a 2-0.
The 3rd round was intense. The two competitors got 4 points each by attacking each other fiercely, and the match ended with a 6-4.
As soon as the match ended, Jade Jones celebrated her victory, looking both happy and surprised, in front of an excited and roaring crowd of Great Britain supporters.
Born in 1993, 19-year-old Jade Jones is the youngest British athlete to win a gold medal in London 2012.
Jones is ranked 11 in the Olympic World Ranking.
The host country’s hopes on Jones for the gold medal were not too high, since the expectations were initially set on Sarah Stevenson.
However, Jones got to the final after defeating world number one Tseng Li-Cheng (Chinese Taipei) in the semifinal, and then became Olympic champion after beating world number two, Yuzhuo Hou (China).
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