Olympic champion Jade Jones admitted her frustration after falling to an agonising quarter-final defeat in the World Taekwondo Championships.
The London 2012 star hadn’t tasted defeat in any of her previous six competitions heading to Russia, and she seemed well-placed to secure herself a medal as she led Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin 4-1 in the -57kg clash.
But the Iranian pulled herself back into the contest at 9-9, and after she struck late on, Jones – who had registered back-to-back 7-1 wins to reach the last eight – was unable to find the decisive reply.
It was a result that left her evidently disappointed so soon after seeing housemate Bianca Walkden crowned +73kg champion, with Jones insisting she felt slightly confused with the outcome.
“It was a really tight match, but I thought I had it when I scored the spinning back kick near the end,” she said.
“The scoring system crashed and when it returned, I didn’t have the points.
“I couldn’t understand why – I still can’t.
“She is a tough opponent and fought well. I know I could have perhaps covered better, but it’s so frustrating to see good shots not awarded points when there is so much at stake.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Gayle fell to an 18-16 defeat to Lorenz Chavez of the Philippines in his first round clash, meaning Damon Sansum and Rachelle Booth carry Great Britain’s remaining medal hopes.
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