Baku 2015: Jones delighted to complete the set with gold

17 June 2015 / 16:01

Jade Jones might have completed her gold medal collection in Team GB colours with her Baku triumph, but she has bad news for her rivals – the Welsh wonder adamant she still has plenty more to give.

Heading into this inaugural European Games, Jones could already boast two titles while representing Team GB, having triumphed at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 before ruling the women’s -55kg roost at London 2012.

And the 22-year-old was clearly keen to celebrate a hat-trick, quickly advancing to the semi-final where she squeezed past Swede Nikita Glasnovic 7-6 to take her place in the showpiece.

Waiting there was Croatian Ana Zaninovic, but she didn’t look like putting up muich of a fight as at the first interval Jones led 5-0.

However, the second two-minute spell was far more even and after levelling at 5-5, Zaninovic trailed 8-6 heading into the last round.

But Jones was in no mood to relinquish her lead, following in Charlie Maddock’s footsteps by climbing the top step of the podium courtesy of a 12-9 victory.

"I'm just buzzing after that to be honest,” said Jones, who earlier saw teammate Martin Stamper ecit the men's -68kg competition at the quarter-final stage. “To get the Youth Olympic Games gold, the Olympic gold and now the European Games gold at such a young age is amazing.

"All through the day I haven't felt my best and scraped through a couple of fights but I'm chuffed that I got through and I thought I fought a lot better in the final.

"When she came back it can panic you because at 5-3 anything can happen but I tried to stay focused and follow my tactics while not making the same mistake again.

"I was really disappointed after the World Championships and did well to get straight back into training so to come here and win gold is great for confidence.

"In the quarters I was down in the final 20seconds but I remember just thinking 'I do not want to lose again' so I just attacked and it worked.

"This is the first ever Games so it's great to win gold here.

"There's still so much to work on. I didn't fight my best here so I need to go back to the gym and work hard in the build-up to Rio."

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