“Anything less than gold is a failure for me.”
In London 2012, when he was just 19, Jade Jones made history with the first female taekwondo fighter in the UK to win an Olympic gold medal. She retained her title of -57kg in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Now the 28-year-old is on the verge of becoming the first taekwondo fighter in history to win three Olympic gold medals.
And if that wasn’t enough, another Olympic title this summer will be the first British woman to win gold in three separate Games.
At the age of 10, he started smoking and was taken by his grandfather to a taekwondo gym to help him find another way as a child. Two Olympic medals and two gold medals later, he is the best athlete in his sport that Britain has produced to date.
Winning the World Championships in 2019 and winning two European crowns from Rio 2016, including one earlier in 2021, means that Headhunter has every great honor to win in Taekwondo.
But despite his hilarious record to date, Jones is a “winner” to more “greedy” success before taking a seat at the Macau Hall of Mass Media.
Speaking at an event for preaching The best food, he said: “It puts pressure on you. When I went to the London Olympics, it was just this 19-year-old who was going to his first Olympics and no one expected anything.
“So any wins then were a bonus, while now nothing less than gold is a failure for me and it’s hard because everyone is watching and the scenes are all staring at me:‘ Can he do that? Can she win this third gold? ‘
“But I can do my best and I know exactly when I get on the bed, give everything I have and go with my head held high.
“The move to the European Championships was amazing, I think we didn’t have much of a chance to test ourselves against the best in the world.
“After all this time going to Europe and coming out on top and winning this third gold medal gave me a lot of pleasure and a good feeling to think: ‘I just won the third European Championship – now is the time. it’s time to go and win my third Olympics. ‘
“I definitely think about it [winning gold in Tokyo] and that would be just amazing. Obviously I’ve done my holidays in London and Rio and wondered how I would feel if I won this time. I honestly didn’t know what to do ‘because it would be best if I won.
“I think that after everything, the journey is getting harder and harder and it’s harder to stay on top. To win in this territory, this territory is innumerable, it’s amazing and definitely still the best.
“I definitely want to do something that no one else has done, but what I’ve learned recently is that I just have the feeling of winning and being on the podium and playing the national anthem.
“I’m almost greedy and want to get it back, but I’m also in a lot of territory and doing something that no one else has done. I felt like I could just happily retire and put my feet up.”
Jones and his wife, Bianca Walkden, who are competing in the +67kg group for GB this summer, turned their garage into a gym while the National Taekwondo Center in Manchester was closed during the coronavirus outbreak.
The preparation of each athlete for Tokyo was in some ways unconventional, and despite the crazy efforts for equipment in March 2020, Jones insists that the extra year of training worked well, and the two-time Olympic champion had time to recover from a knee ligament injury. fully healed.
She said Sky Sports News: “On the day it was announced, we had 24 hours to get as much equipment as possible from the National Center, so it was a kind of struggle between all the athletes to get the equipment as soon as possible.
“Bianca Wakden and I drove around in our cars, taking as many things as we could. We kicked Bob, even tore the boards off the floor, took the weights, the bikes, so we had everything just in our garage.”
“I still have a few bits that I haven’t returned, I still have the chapters and boards, provided we get to the lock again and I’m all ready by then.”
Speaking about the postponement of the Olympics, Jones said: “It was almost like a blessing in disguise, I am really strong and have never been hurt, but I will shed tears in February.  so I had a bracelet [on].
“I came back like six to eight weeks and it gave me a year to recover from the injury and spend time with my coach and try and get better. I feel better for it.
“When something becomes uncertain and you always hear in the media that the Olympics will not continue and you train and try to give everything in for something that isn’t there, then it was more psychological. [part] was hard. “
Jones is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the -57 kg taekwondo rankings, 50 points ahead of his closest rival, Hatice Kubra Ilgun of Turkey.
The Welsh martial artist’s advantage in his category remains unchanged, but Jones admits whether Tokyo 2020 will be his last games after the break after this summer’s tournament.
He added: “Since the beginning of the pandemic, it has definitely been more in my mind, I have been thinking about three Olympics and finished, but now after a little rest, it will only be two years.
“The way I use points, if I get that score, I have a lot of points, so I already want to be on the path of choice.
“After this Olympics, I’ll probably go on a trip or something, take a break and see what I want to do then and see if I have a fourth. [Games] in me. “
Wakden: I put my heart on the boards
European and world champion Bianca Wakden (73 kg) is looking forward to further success in Tokyo after her five-year bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro, and says the friendship between her and her close friend Jones has inspired her to build the Olympics.
Walkden will begin his quest for Olympic fame on Tuesday at the Macauhar Messi Hall in Tokyo with a place in the quarterfinals of the + 67kg category already secured.
She said Sky Sports News“We practiced in the garage almost every day, pushing each other. Everything we do is very competitive.
“We screamed and kicked to make sure we were in the best condition. When we live together, all the work we do is hard – even making a cup of tea!”
“I feel like the trip we’ve been together since 2010 … we’ve lived together, we’ve trained together, we’ve pushed each other and we hope we can make that last push now to Tokyo and both with two Olympic gold medals. return.
“What Jade has achieved in sports is without a shadow of a doubt, as it makes him one of the greatest athletes in the sport, but he deserves every minute of it.
“I saw his train, I saw that he gives blood, vodka and tears to everyone and the reason he became a champion is that he does work, hours, dedication and I have no doubt he will come with another gold medal and will make taekwondo history put. “
The World Cup for Jones was unsuccessful until he won his first title in Manchester two years ago, and before Tokyo, Wakden was just looking forward to a big medal after losing gold and tackling + 67kg. bronze escaped in Rio.
Walden’s efforts to win his first Olympic title have improved well after his third victory at the European Championships in Sofia, held three months ago in Sofia.
Liverpool, who are also three-time world champions +73kg, added: “It will be completely different from all the normal Olympics. It won’t be the same as when we went to Rio five years ago, but it will be the same. be yourself special.
“Everyone has to face a new challenge, a different kind of Olympics and if we can get through that [the last 16 months], so what else could we do with it? I’m just excited to go now and see what I have.
“It’s always good to come up with a major medal, especially a gold medal [at the European Championships]. I feel good, I feel ready. I will only give my life and die in an attempt to die and put my heart on the bed. “
The 29-year-old is part of a taekwondo team in Tokyo, the largest of which will be taken to the Games by the GB since Taekwondo became an Olympic sport in 2000. Walkden and Jones with the return of Mahama Cho and debutants Bradley Cinden and Laurent Williams.
He said: “Taekwondo, since it started in this country in 2000 with the Sydney Olympics, has gone from strength to strength for the British team.
“We started with Sarah Stevenson in Beijing in 2008 and then from London with Jade Jones and Lutalo Muhammad in 2012 and then from Rio de Janeiro in 2016. There were three of us who won medals.
“Now for Tokyo, we have the most athletes, so hopefully we can do more and come out with five medals this time.”
201 women have been selected for the Tokyo Olympics for the GB, the first Games in history in which more women than British male athletes have been represented.
Walkden wants to serve as a role model for young military artists in the UK and hopes his presence on the big stage can help increase his participation in the sport at home.
She said: “I want to try to get more children, girls and boys into the martial arts and find a future champion, the next Olympic and world champion.
“But if not, it’s just wonderful to get people involved in sports, and I’m convinced that girls have done it, and this time girls are more than boys – then a girl has power over us all!”
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