Jade Jones of the United Kingdom wins gold in women’s 57kg taekwondo at the European Games 2023.
Jade Jones, a two-time Olympic taekwondo champion for Team GB, won gold in the women’s 57kg category at the European Games.
Jones, 30, won Great Britain’s fourth gold medal in Poland by defeating Hungary’s Luana Marton 2-0 in the gold medal match.
Bradly Sinden, a teammate, earned silver in men’s 63kg after being forced to retire from the final due to an injury.
Archers Bryony Pitman, Penny Healey, and Jaspreet Sagoo also won gold, defeating France 5-1 in the women’s recurve team final.
At the multi-disciplinary European Games, Team GB is competing in 18 Olympic sports, with qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris on the line in ten years.
Jones, who was eliminated from contention for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in 2021, stated after her victory, “It’s obviously been a long journey.” Everyone understands how difficult it is to stay on top.
“I’m growing old. People don’t realize how difficult sport is, how much of a rollercoaster it is. But I got gold, which is incredible. A few members of my family have also arrived, which is the frosting on the cake.”
Olympic ranking points are offered in taekwondo in Poland.
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Pitman became the first Team GB athlete to defend a European Games title after winning with Sarah Bettles and Naomi Folkard in Minsk 2019.
“To come out here and win it again with a new team is amazing,” Pitman said. “I think it shows the new talent that we have in the UK, and it’s an incredible feeling.”
Ranjuo Tomblin, who became Great Britain’s first senior male artistic swimmer on Thursday, and Beatrice Crass won bronze in the mixed duet free competition, their second medal of the Games.
The pair finished third in the mixed duet technical bronze with 163.9688 points, trailing winners Spain and runners-up Italy.
Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe, childhood friends, won bronze in the duet free with a score of 223.5084.
The British duo finished 32.5251 points shy of the winning total achieved by Austria’s Anna-Maria Alexandri and Eirini Marina Alexandri, while Ukraine took silver.
Meanwhile, diver Ross Haslam won qualifying in the men’s 3m springboard but placed fourth in the final, scoring 403.35 points after six dives, while teammate Matthew Dixon finished sixth (401.05).
Before Sunday’s six-man final, British climber Dayan Akhtar topped the standings in the men’s boulder semi-finals.
The results from Saturday place Great Britain sixth in the medal tally, with four gold medals and a total of 14 medals.