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Taekwondo: Jade Jones and Sophie Dickson fly the flag for GB

February 22, 2011

Jade Jones and Sophie Dickson both produced outstanding displays to contribute to an outstanding weekend for the GB team at the WTF US Open in Texas, with 17-year-old Jones securing a golden finish in the lightweight (-62kg) division to add to her bronze in the -57kg division.

Jones overcame any tiredness from the previous day’s competition by beating American Paige McPherson in her final.

Jones was justifiably pleased with the result, saying “the main focus for me was to get experience on the LaJust scoring system for the World Championships in May, so I am really happy with my two medals. It was a tough tournament with lots of high quality fights so I am really chuffed with my performances. Now I’m looking to do the same in the German Open in two weeks time.”

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Liverpool teenager Dickson opened the medal haul with a bronze in the junior -59kg class. A ‘Talent 2012’ graduate and Britain’s only representative in the junior competition, defeated Americans Sophia Eretzian and Selina Coppersmith to reach the semi-finals without losing a point.

Another American, Paige Aguire, was too strong for the promising Brit in the semis, beating Dickson 3-1 – but her achievements were enough to secure a bronze for GB.

Jones and Dickson’s achievements took the 10-strong GB squad’s final medal haul to six.

GB Performance Director Gary Hall said: “This has been a fantastic weekend for British Taekwondo and a real boost to our preparations for the World Championships in a couple of months’ time. We have had some excellent performances distributed right across the team and it’s been great to see experienced performers… achieving medal success whilst at the same time seeing new young players such as Sophie and indeed Jade continue to make a mark on the world stage. We’ve still got a lot of hard work to do in the coming weeks but this will give us confidence as we prepare for Korea.”

Anna Young, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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