Baku 2015: Revenge mission for Olympic champion Jones

15 June 2015 / 09:15

Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones believes topping the podium in Baku will go some way to making amends for her recent World Championship disappointment.

Jones is still smarting over her quarter-final loss to Iran's Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin when a computer crash failed to register a potentially match-winning shot.

But with Olympic qualification points up for grabs in Azerbaijan, there is no time to dwell on the past on the road to Rio.

"I'm quite lucky that this competition was just around the corner. Normally you might dwell on a defeat like that for a while but I had to go straight to the gym and crack on," said Jones, who starts her -57kg competition on Wednesday.

"I am still not perfect at dealing with the pressures. Sometimes, they still get to me and I am trying to relax.  

"I should never have been level with her. I made a lot of mistakes, mentally and tactically. But it has given me a fire in my belly. I have not been defeated like that before and I don't want it to happen again."

Prior to her Worlds defeat, Jones had gone six tournaments unbeaten this year but she admits the pressure is being Olympic champion still weighs heavily and means there is always a target on her back.

However, the 22-year old is no stranger to making sporting history. She won gold at the first-ever Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, won Team GB's first-ever Olympic medal in her sport and now she wants to do the same at the first European Games.

"Because you are Olympic champion everybody assumes you are a perfect athlete and will never lose," she added. 

"But I am still young and I still don't know the game fully.

"Now, I am trying to go into a contest not just thinking, 'I want to win, I want to win' but thinking 'What is my game plan? How can I win?'."

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