Jones rues costly late mistake after settling for silver

04 May 2014 / 11:29

Jade Jones admitted a loss of concentration at the end had cost her after she was forced to settle for silver at the European Championships in Baku.

The 2012 Olympic taekwondo champion had looked in strong form going into the -57kg final against Spaniard Eva Calvo.

It came after she scored seven unanswered points in the last three minutes of her first round match against Aline Gbete to snatch victory 7-6 before dropping just five points in her next two bouts en route to the final.

Leading Gomez 9-6 midway through the final round, Jones was well positioned but the Spaniard hit back with her own head shot before pulling away to win 11-9.

And while failing to improve upon her 2011 world silver medal won in South Korea, Jones was looking at the positives of improving her ranking points for the defence of her number one status.

"I'm gutted with just the silver but at least I'm picking up ranking points," she said.

"I managed to get ahead a couple of times with good head shots. But I made a mistake at the end and she got me back.

"I had a good day but it was a tough, draining event. The focus now is on the World Grand Prix series and protecting my number one ranking."

It was a similar colour medal for Britain’s Damon Sansum after he lost to Aaron Cook in a dramatic golden point win in the -80kg final.

Sansum, who had put out world champion Tahir Guelec en route to the final, landed a last second punch to force over time only for Cook to hit back to gain revenge for last year’s French Open final.

And although disappointed, Sansum insisted his main target was building towards Rio in two years time.

“I thought it was going to be my day,” he said. "I performed as well as I think I ever have, with 12-point finishes in three of my five fights and beating the world champion on the way. I felt nobody could deal with me in the ring.

"I'm not really that happy with silver but my goal is gold at the Olympics, not at the Euros. I'm on target and I know I can be the best."

Meanwhile Michael Harvey was unable to defend his -63kg title, losing to Serbia’s Nikola Vuckovic 18-6 in the second round.

It leaves the GB squad on five medals with one day of competition to come.

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