Jade Jones: I had to grow up much faster after winning London 2012 gold

By Anna Kessel | The Guardian | Friday 25 April 2014

“Jade Jones was a fresh-faced teenager when she became the first Briton to win Olympic gold in taekwondo, at London 2012. Despite competing in a sport that rarely received national media coverage, she saw her profile rocket overnight and the girl who “liked kicking people in the head” found herself appearing on the Jonathan Ross Show, and suddenly recognised in the street.… Read the rest

Taekwondo – Hall wants British fighters to put things right at Europeans

Yahoo Sports | April 9, 2014

“British Taekwondo performance director Gary Hall insists he hasn’t forgotten about last year’s World Championships after naming a strong squad of 14 for next month’s European equivalent in Baku. … Current world No.1 and Olympic champion Jade Jones and London 2012 bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad head up the British team to travel to Azerbaijan for the Europeans, which run from May 1 to 4…”

“… Britain won seven medals at the last European Championships in Manchester with Muhammad taking the -87kg title and Jones bronze while another gold-medal winner in Michael Harvey returns.… Read the rest

“No regrets”: Taekwondo star Stevenson bows out after first round defeat

By Agency Staff

“Sarah Stevenson said there were “no regrets” for after she suffered a first-round defeat in the London 2012 women’s under-67kg taekwondo event at ExCeL. … American Paige McPherson had not read the script as she silenced a partisan crowd at the venue where Welsh teenager Jade Jones was last night roared on to gold in the under-57kg Olympic class.… Read the rest

Taekwondo: Jones wins gold for Britain

By Peter Rutherford, Reuters

“Jade Jones won Britain’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal after beating China’s Hou Yuzhuo in the final of the women’s featherweight division at the London Games on Thursday. … Jones, who had lost to Hou in the final of last year’s world championships, rode a wave of support from the home crowd to bully her way past the Chinese fighter, running out a 6-4 winner to earn Britain’s 25th gold of the Games.… Read the rest

Video Links: Taekwondo British Open 2011

Aaron Cook (GB) v Craig Brown (GB) Final -80kg

Jade Jones (GB) v Marlene Harnois (FRA) Final: F – 57kg

• Aaron Cook (GB) v Eirik Nilssen (NOR) -80kg quarter finals

• Craig Brown (GB) v Tor Waage (NOR) -80kg quarter finals

• Aaron Cook (GB) v Augustin Bata (FRA) -80kg quarter finals

• Craig Brown (GB) v Mehran Askari (IRN) -80kg Round 1

• Craig Brown (GB) v Mehran Askari (IRN) -80kg Round 2

• Craig Brown (GB) v Mehran Askari (IRN) -80kg Round 3

• Aaron Cook (GB) v Nicolas Garcia (ESP) -80KG Semi Final Round 1

• Aaron Cook (GB) v Nicolas Garcia (ESP) -80KG Semi Final Round 2

• Aaron Cook (GB) v Nicolas Garcia (ESP) -80KG Semi Final Round 3

• Bianca Walken (GB) v Katharina Wiess (GER) Final +73kg Final: Rounds 1 & 2

• Bianca Walken (GB) v Katharina Wiess (GER) Final +73kg Final: Round 3 & Golden Point

• George Webley v Martin Stamper (GB) -68 kg Round 1

• George Webley v Martin Stamper (GB) -68 kg Round 2

• George Webley v Martin Stamper (GB) -68 kg Round 3

• Nathan Hall (GB) v Daniel Habecker (DEU) Round 2

• Nathan Hall (GB) v Daniel Habecker (DEU) Round 3

• Jade Jones (GB) v Anastasija (RUS) Round 1

• Jade Jones (GB) v Anastasija (RUS) Round 2

• Jade Jones (GB) v Anastasija (RUS) Round 3

• Martin Stamper (GB) v Starr Golden Point

• Jade Jones (GB) v Marlene Harnois (FRA) F -57kg

• Tony Grisman (GB) v Visili Nikitin (RUS)

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Cook Wins First British Bout Since Quitting GB Set-Up

Aaron Cook

By Nick Hope

“Aaron Cook won his first title in the UK since quitting the British Taekwondo programme with a 23-11 defeat of countryman Craig Brown. … It was the fourth British gold medal of the weekend after Youth Olympic champion Jade Jones helped GB to three titles on day one.… Read the rest

Taekwondo: Bianca Walkden Hopes to Prove Her Olympic Credentials

By Nick Hope

“World Combat Games champion Bianca Walkden hopes this weekend’s British Open in Manchester will give her the chance to prove her Olympic potential… The Liverpudlian has had a difficult year, rupturing her anterior cruciate ligament and learning her weight division was not selected for 2012…”

“… After an impressive 2010 Walkden climbed to world number two in her +73kg division, but injury struck in February of this year… Despite defying the odds to reach the World Championships in South Korea, a gold medal for Sarah Stevenson in the -67kg category and a silver for Welsh -57kg fighter Jade Jones saw their divisions nominated for the London Olympics… The 20-year-old will compete at her usual weight in the British Championships in Manchester, but is not ruling out a change later in the year, having claimed gold in two weight categories at the recent Polish Open…”

… Read More: http://goo.gl/UxrlC

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