Jade Jones has promised to target next year’s Tokyo Olympics with renewed aim after finally ending her long wait for a world taekwondo title at the Manchester Arena. Fans from all over the world who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Street Skateboarding can buy Olympic Taekwondo Tickets online.
The 26-year-old beat defending -57kg champion Lee ah-Reum 14-7 to assert her elusive world crown at the fifth attempt, having lost to the South Korean in the semi-finals in Muju two years ago.
Although previously admitting to motivational issues after reaching the top of her sport at such a young age, Jones said winning the world title will focus her mind on making more history in the sport.
Jones said: “I’m buzzing because I know I can retire happy now, but I want to become a legend and no one has ever won three Olympic golds. I always felt I’d never truly been happy even if I became a three-time Olympic champion. The world is one of the most prestigious events in our sport and I’m so happy to be able to say I’m world champion.”
Jones’ success, having maintained a lead throughout her final from the moment she landed a two-point body kick in the opening seconds, came in sharp contrast to the controversial success of her friend and team-mate Bianca Walkden.
Walkden had asserted her third straight world title on Friday night via a disqualification win over China’s Zheng Shuyin, a judgment which was described as a “scandal” by furious members of the Chinese taekwondo federation.
The 27-year-old, who has lessened to tears again on Saturday following a quarter-final defeat for her boyfriend Aaron Cook, who now competes for Moldova, is yet to emulate Jones as an Olympic champion.
For Jones, there could be little sweeter than leaving Tokyo having witnessed Walkden – with whom she shares a flat in Manchester – emulate her own success in securing the single major title that still evades her.
Jones said: “I and Bianca live together and train together and we are constantly pushing each other – we’ll give each other nosebleeds and go home in a mood with each other.”
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