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Jade Jones takes European Games gold

Taekwondo Day 5: Baku 2015 - 1st European Games
Jade Jones of Great Britain celebrates winning gold against Ana Zaninovic of Croatia. Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images
Men's favourites fall like dominoes but Jones keeps her cool

Great Britain's Jade Jones was crowned European Games champion on Wednesday evening after defeating the 2015 world bronze medallist Ana Zaninovic from Croatia in a hotly contested -57kg final. 

Jones scored four points in the first round, then saw off a fightback from Zaninovic to end the second round 9-6 ahead. She never relinquished that lead and in the end prevailed 12-9.

"I didn't have the best of days and I scraped through the other fights but I was better in the final," said the European Games champion. "After the disappointment of the world championships (last month), I hope this will get my confidence right up. Rio is just around the corner."

In the men's -68kg final, Aykhan Taghizade was clearly overjoyed as he celebrated his win over Karol Robak of Poland by golden point in the final at Crystal Hall. After landing a fist punch 16 seconds into the decider he ran to his coach and fell to his knees.

Supported by a loudly cheering crowd, Taghizade had already despatched the London 2012 Olympic champion Joel Gonzalez Bonilla of Spain in the quarter-final and relegated world silver medallist, Russia's Alexey Denisenko, to the bronze medal match.

 

Now my opponents know who I am. This medal is the most important thing in my life.-Aykhan Taghizade

 


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