Grand Prix Bronze For Jones As GB Secure Three Spots For Rio 2016
Jade Jones has taken bronze at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Final in Mexico tonight.
The reigning Olympic Champion, had quite the start to the day as she eased through her Quarter Final match against French Floriane Liborio 5-0, before going head to head with Egyptian Hedaya Malak in the -57kg Semi-Final.
The Manchester-based fighter was unable to register any kicks during the match, which meant it was taken to the golden point round. Both athletes attempted to score yet again but were unsuccessful and Malak was announced the winner by superiority.
Malak’s kicks had made much more of an impact on the Daedo system, which meant that she had progressed into the Final where she would have to face Jones’ Spanish rival, Eva Calvo Gomez.
As for Jade, she was automatically entered into a bronze medal play off against Nikita Glasnovic of Sweden. Similarly, neither were able to score points during the match and the 22-year-old entered the golden point round for the second time in that day.
In spite of attempting a number of kicks, she was unable to make that all-important point. The winner was therefore adjudged by impact and Jones’ kicks had made more of an impression.
The #1 ranked fighter has already qualified a quota spot for next year’s Olympic Games in the -57kg weight division and the medal comes after having won gold in both the Manchester and Samsun Grand Prix’s.
Heavyweight World Champion, Bianca Walkden narrowly lost out to Chinese Shuyin Zheng in the +67kg Quarter Final match on golden point, 2-1. But she also has the satisfaction of having qualified the quota place for the Olympics, guaranteeing at least three British athletes at Rio next summer.
Following her loss, the 24-year-old Liverpudlian said, “Even though I lost today, I have had a wonderful year. I came back from my broken knee/ACL, won the World Championships and now I have finally qualified another spot for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.”