Jones looks to inspire next generation

Great Britain’s Jade Jones is hoping to inspire a generation with her stunning London 2012 taekwondo gold medal-winning performance and wants her teammates to follow suit.


Jones became Team GB’s first ever Olympic taekwondo gold medallist as she defeated world champion Hou Yuzhuo in the -57kg final – while Lutalo Muhammad can deliver more British success today.

And the 19-year-old World Championship silver medallist hopes that success for the taekwondo team at the Olympics can help attract a new following for the sport.

"There was a lot of pressure on taekwondo to do well here, because we have got the potential," said the Welsh fighter.

"The whole team has come a long way in a short period of time. We are getting bigger and better. Hopefully now more people can get into taekwondo.

"Four years ago, I watched Sarah [Stevenson] win a bronze medal on the telly, and ever since I have wanted to go to the Olympics. I have been getting up at six in the morning to do extra training with my coach, who has been amazing.

"It is just all overwhelming to have finally got it, which shows that dreams can come true. It was such an amazing experience and I am so glad my family were all here to see it."

Jones faced a tough path to Olympic glory as she had to defeat world number one Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei in the semi-final after earlier wins against Serbia’s Dragana Gladovic and Japan's Mayu Hamada.

And her remarkable 6-4 defeat of China’s Hou allowed her to exact revenge against the fighter who beat her in the 2011 World Championship final.

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