Jade Jones Joins Team GB's Growing Double Olympic Champion Club After Taekwondo Gold

Another Brit to retain title after Farah, Trott, Dujardin..

19/08/2016 03:05
David Davies/PA Wire

Great Britain’s Jade Jones has become a back-to-back double Olympic champion in taekwondo.

The 23-year-old beat Spain’s Eva Calvo Gomez in the final of the -57kg category in Rio tonight.

The North Wales fighter joins a growing band of British athletes to retain their Olympic titles, from Laura Trott and Jason Kenny on the cycling track to Mo Farah in track and field and Charlotte Dujardin in dressage, and more besides.

Jones lifted coach Paul Green high in celebration after two stunning head kicks in the final round saw her to a 16-7 win.

Jones had seen a six-point lead at the end of the first round cut to just one in the second before rising to the occasion to keep hold of the title she won as a teenager in 2012.

In 2012, she won Team GB’s first gold medal in the sport. 

She told BBC Sport:

“It feels unbelievable really, I can’t explain it.

“I’m still young so to be double Olympic champion already is crazy to be honest. I did it when it mattered so I’m buzzing.”

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