Olympic Champion Jones Looking To Become Grand Slam Head Girl
19th January 2018
Jade Jones aims to go from ‘Headhunter’ to head turner at the latest World Taekwondo Grand Slam event in Wuxi, China tomorrow. (Saturday)
The double Olympic gold medallist is the last of the GB Taekwondo fighters to compete in the sport’s revolutionary and cash-rich tournament.
So, far only teammate, friend and flatmate, Bianca Walkden, has cashed in with a mega-money win.
Now, it’s the turn of the world number one and she can’t wait to be part of the razzamatazz.
“It’s the best of the best and it can only make taekwondo better,” said the Welsh star.
“The new rules are making it more exciting and making more people watch. It is more of a show and more fun to watch so I can’t wait to get started.”
Jones, 24, returns to action for the first time in 2018 having emulated Liverpudlian Walkden by winning at the World Taekwondo World Grand Prix final in Abidjan before Christmas.
Since then Walkden continued last year’s outstanding form by scooping a £52,000 first prize at last month’s inaugural Grand Slam.
“To see Bianca come back with all that money and success makes me want to do the same,” added the 2017 World Championship bronze medallist.
“We are trying to make taekwondo more professional and the Grand Slam is a step in the right direction.
“There are new camera angles and there’s a backstory to every fight. It makes it more interesting for who is going to win.”
At the previous Grand Slam heavyweight Mahama Cho lost 12-11 to Croatia’s Vedrun Golec while Charlie Maddock (-49kg) went out 20-12 against China’s World Championship bronze medallist, Yuntao Wenren.