JONES POISED FOR GOLDEN TAEK-AWAY AS STAMPER FIGHTS FOR BRONZE
Jade Jones is just six minutes away from becoming Britain's first ever taekwondo Olympic gold medallist.
And Martin Stamper can also make Games history by achieving Britain's inaugural podium placing in the men's competition.
The Manchester trained GB Academy duo wowed a patriotic crowd at ExCel during a superb first two sessions for the home players.
Jones, in particular, had the audience on its feet with some stunning performances to reach the final in the -57kg weight division.
Standing between the 19-year-old and gold is second seed and China's double world champion Yuzhuo Hou.
They met in last year's world championship final; Jones losing on golden point after the match finished all square at 5-5.
However, after defeating top seed, Li-Cheng Tseng in the semi-finals the 2010 Youth Olympic champ has nothing to fear.
"I came here to get gold so I have one more job to do," she announced after a stunning 10-6 victory.
"She was always going to be hard to beat and I have not felt my sharpest. But my tactics have been perfect," said Jones, trained by former Olympian, Paul Green.
"That's what has got me through."
Jones has been inspired by the huge crowds at Excel. "It was bonkers," she laughed.
"The atmosphere was overwhelming, crazy. I can't begin to explain it."
Hou, 24 from Hebei in Northern China, reached the final with an 8-3 victory over French girl, Marlene Harnois.
Liverpudlian Stamper dropped into the repechage after losing to gold medal favourite, Servet Tazegul, in the semi-finals.
He fought hard to recover from an opening round 5-0 deficit but eventually lost 9-6 to the Turkish favourite.
"Even when I was 5-0 down I felt comfortable," said the dad of one. "I was composed and I was just playing the right strategy
"When I pulled back to 6-5 I felt it was like my match.
"I felt but with 30 seconds left he just kept moving and that is always hard."
Stamper now awaits the winner of the opening repechage contest between Afghanistan's Rohullah Nikpah, a bronze medallist in Beijing, or David Boui from the Central African Federation.