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Jones joy after completing European Championship hat-trick

9th April 2021

Jade Jones is European gold medallist for the third time whilst world titleholder Bradly Sinden has secured silver on day two of the European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Double Olympic champion Jones, who won her first Euro senior medal 11 years ago, added to her wins in 2016 and 2018.

The Welsh star, who celebrated her 28th birthday last month, defeated Turkey’s Hatice Ilgun in the -57kg final.

Her 20-5 success was ampler compensation for defeats to Ilgun last year at the WT President’s Cup in Helsingborg and European Clubs Championship in Zagreb.

Jones won three fights to reach the final amassing 114 points for the loss of just 21.

“To win for the third time feels amazing, especially in an Olympic year,” said the defending champion.

“When I heard the national anthem I just thought I want to be hearing this again in a few months’ time in Tokyo.

“Because of the pandemic there have been lots of things we have had to handle and it feels so weird having absolutely no crowd. But at least now I have had some practice fighting without one.

“I have got some time off now because it has been a long year. So, I will enjoy that and then come back hungry again.

“Hopefully, the rest of the team is inspired by myself and Brad to win more medals.”

Yorkshire fighter Sinden was a winner at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria last month. But he couldn’t double-up his golden haul losing 37-26 to Russian Sarmat Tcakoev in the final of the -68kg division.

Sinden had been in excellent form en route to the gold medal deciding match, defeating four opponents – including two by points gap.

“It was not the result I wanted but it is all a learning curve to take forward towards my main goal – Olympic gold,” said Sinden after narrowly missing out on his first European title.

“I wasn’t feeling 100 percent but I still managed to put in some good performances.

“I had some tough fights and will take information from all of them to help me improve.

“I’ve got some recovery time now and then it is full steam ahead towards Tokyo.”

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