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At 19 years old Jade Jones became Great Britain’s first ever Taekwon-do athlete to win gold at the Olympics during London 2012. She was later awarded an MBE, after being named among the 2013 New Year’s honours list. She has since gone onto win a Commonwealth title and European Championships gold to add to the continental bronzes she took in 2010 and 12. Jones was the winner of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010. She also competed at the 2015 European Games in Baku and won gold in the -57kg weight division, making her the second female Taekwon-do athlete to do so. More recently, Jones made further history by winning gold and becoming double Olympic Champion at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and also in 2016 won Wales Sports Personality of the Year.
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Jade Jones wins gold
Rio 2016 Olympics
Reporting on her 2nd gold at Rio, The Telegraph said:
“In some ways it is all the greater achievement. Whereas she entered London as an unknown quantity, she came here with a target on her back – or rather her front – as champion and World No 1. That is a pressure that has not always sat well with British competitors, but speaking after her semi-final victory against Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic, her coach Paul Green said it had never been an issue for Jones. “She usually rises under pressure at the big events, she is renowned for it.“ read more