Taekwondo: Team GB's Jade Jones to fight for gold medal
Thursday 09 August 2012
British taekwondo fighter Jade Jones will go for Olympic gold tonight after stunning world number one Tseng Li-Cheng of Chinese Taipei 10-6 in their women's under-57kg featherweights semi-final at ExCeL.
Jones, 19, produced a late rally to land her trademark headkick which capped a quite remarkable Olympic debut.
South Arena 1 was in full voice as the 19-year-old from Flintshire walked out to a sea of Union Flags as 'London Calling' blasted over the airwaves.
The Wales teenager, world silver medallist in 2011, had opened her Olympic debut with an impressive 15-1 victory over Serbian Dragana Gladovi and dispatched Japan's Mayu Hamada 13-3 in the last eight for a shot at the final.
Tseng, however, represented a step up in class.
The world number one scored an early point with a shot to the body and picked off the Briton again to lead 2-0 after the first round.
To her credit, Jones - Youth Olympic champion two years ago - upped the tempo after the restart, and reduced the deficit with a sidekick.
A penalty saw Jones drop 3-2 behind and she then had an appeal for a head shot tuned down by video review.
Spurred on by the home support, Jones then went 5-3 ahead, with the Chinese Taipei fighter then having an appeal for a head kick rejected.
That forced Tseng to attack, which played right into Jones' tactics as she this time connected to the head and pulled off a shock victory as the British crowd erupted.
Liverpool's Martin Stamper had also progressed to the semi-finals of the men's under-68kgs, where he was up Turkish top seed Servet Tazegul, the 2011 world champion and European champion, a bronze medallist from Beijing.
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