Olympic24: Jones wants legend status, latest from World Gymnastics Champs

Olympic24: Jones wants legend status, latest from World Gymnastics Champs

30 October 2015 / 08:01
Jade Jones driven on by chasing second Olympic taekwondo title, plus all the latest from the first individual finals of the World Gymnastics Championships. Here's our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Jade Jones discusses motivation to succeed at Rio 2016
  • Amy Tinkler 22nd and Ruby Harrold 23rd in World Gymnastics all around final
  • Louis Smith reflects on a decade of World Gymnastics Championships appearances
  • British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss on ‘vital preparation’ period for Rio
  • Great Britain’s judokas prepare for latest Grand Slam this weekend

Jones reflects on mental approach


She may have already accumulated an impressive collection of major international medals but Jade Jones insists she is as hungry as ever to add double Olympic champion to her list of accolades.

Jones secured the -57kg title at London 2012 at the age of 19 but struggled for form in the aftermath.

However the 22-year-old is now firmly back at the top of her game, winning gold at the European Games this summer while she is very much on track when it comes to securing her place on the plane to Rio next year.

"The hunger has come back now because I want to be a double Olympic champion. I want to be a legend," she said.

"Winning the Olympics was an amazing feeling, but afterwards it was a bit like 'what do I do now.'

"So I lost a bit of motivation going back into training and competitions I had so much pressure on me.

"So my coach sat me down and said 'listen, your Olympic medal is never going away' so now I'm not fighting to defend that every time I fight, I'm doing it because I want to get extras."

Harrold remains confident for Rio despite testing day


There might not have been any more silverware for Great Britain during Thursday night's individual all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships, but Ruby Harrold believes the team will be top shape when Rio rolls around.

After the women's team claimed bronze on Tuesday and the men followed with a stunning silver on Wednesday, Harrold and Amy Tinkler took to the arena in Glasgow looking for individual honours.

It was a testing night for the pair with Tinkler falling early on the uneven bars and beam and neither able to trouble to the top of the leaderboard.

However Harrold insists the experiences in Glasgow will be invaluable for the country's hopes in Brazil next summer.

“Coming into today was always going to be a big challenge for me to get focused and get my head down to concentrate,” she said.

“This is all money in the bank for the Olympics next year, I’m sure the experience will count for a lot then.” Read more here.

Smith reflects on British gymnastics progress


For Louis Smith World Championship silver in Wednesday's all-around team final represents a decade-long journey for Great Britain from the bottom to the top of the sport.

In 2005 a fresh-faced Smith jetted off for his first World Championships in Melbourne – Beth Tweddle the only British medalist on that occasion with bronze on the uneven bars.

Fast-forward three years and Smith – by then a world bronze medalist himself on the pommel – became Britain's first male gymnast to win an Olympic medal in 100 years.

I was there when we were 23rd in the world so to still be here and to have claimed silver in the team event at worlds is unbelievable.

“Just to be in that situation challenging for medals with Japan and China makes us so happy and we are so happy to be considered rivals with them.” Read more here.

Furniss urges British swimmers to push on

Great Britain’s swimmers may have powered their way to a record-breaking World Championships this summer but head coach Bill Furniss insists his athletes must keep pushing the bar higher as the countdown to Rio 2016 gathers pace.

Back in August, the British swimming team returned from the Russian city of Kazan with five gold, one silver and three bronze – enough to put them fourth in the swimming medal table.

And while a massive confidence boost for the whole team, Furniss insists there is no chance of his athletes easing up in the pool, with next year’s Olympics looming large.

“We have achieved great things in 2015 but we’re not taking anything for granted,” Furniss told British Swimming.

“The World Championship results are history now - we have to move forward and continue towards the next challenge ahead to make sure we are at our very best next summer.” Read more here.

GB judokas set for Abu Dhabi outing

A seven-strong British judo team will look to gain valuable qualification points for Rio 2016 when they compete in the 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam this weekend.

The IPIC Arena in Abu Dhabi is the latest stop on the road to Rio as the best judokas do battle from Friday October 30 to Sunday November 1.

Sunday sees the busiest day of action for British representatives as Natalie Powell, Gemma Gibbons and Ben Fletcher go in search of medals.

"This is the fourth Grand Slam of the year so far and we have had good results so far," said elite performance coach Kate Howey.

"Of course we want medals but more importantly it is about the players' performances and if they perform as they can they will be in and around the medals and more importantly gaining valuable points towards Rio."

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