Jones targets Grand Prix gold

22 October 2014 / 11:49

Jade Jones has expressed her determination to add the World Taekwondo Grand Prix title to her Olympic crown when she competes in Manchester this weekend.

The Olympic champion lost in the final of the -57kg category last year and repeated that result during the Astana Grand Prix in Kazakhstan in August.

Jones is part of a 14-strong British squad that will compete in Manchester with results going towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

And, with another shot of success in front of a home crowd approaching, she is hoping that the support can spur her to the top of the podium.

"I've got so close so many times," Jones told BBC Sport. "Hopefully I'll finally get that gold in front of the home crowd.

"The Grand Prix’s are hard and really challenging on the body. I didn't do many competitions before London 2012 and just picked a few to peak at, but I've had to change my mindset – get in there and have a scrap – and it seems to be working now."

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