Jade Jones confirmed her status as world number one with impressive victory in the -57kg final at the WTF World Grand Prix in Samsun,Turkey.
The Welsh star defeated World Championship and World University Games silver medallist, Yun-Wen Huang 6-3, gaining revenge for team mate, Rachelle Booth, beaten by the Taiwanese silver medallist in the semi-finals.
Victory was particularly sweet for Jones after a controversial golden point final defeat to Iranian Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin at the previous GP in Moscow.
“It always feels good to do well at the Grand Prix but it’s nice to finally win one in the series,” said the Manchester based star.
“I’m always aiming to be the best of the world and if I can put in a good performance in these events, it all helps for Rio.
“I’m driven to get better and better and I want another Olympic gold,” confirmed the 22-year-old London 2012 champion.
“To be honest I didn’t feel at my best,” insisted Jones who won four fights after receiving a welcome first round bye.
“But some days you have to deal with that and I managed to step it up for the semis and the final and get the job done.”
Jones, who won last year’s overall Grand Prix series in Mexico last December, now focusses on Manchester’s own Grand Prix staging at the city’s Regional Arena from October 16-18.
“I’m really looking forward to Manchester now,” agreed the Flint raised ‘Headhunter.’ “To have friends, fans and family there will be great and it’s really important for me and the GB team.”
Despite her last four defeat World Championship bronze medallist Booth again showed her ability. The Wigan athlete’s high spot was a second round, 4-3 victory over top seed Eva Calvo Gomez.
“I made mistakes early on which ended up costing me the match,” said the 20-year-old Lancastrian after collecting a hard earned bronze I got caught static a couple of times and obviously when she (Huang) goes up, it becomes a chasing game.
“I know exactly what went wrong and I can go back and work on that. “I’m very disappointed with the semi final but pleased with the progress I’m making. I know there’s more to come.”
In the men’s -68kg weight division, London 2012 Olympian, Martin Stamper, and Manchurian, Jordan Gayle, lost in the second and first rounds respectively. But it was GB’s girl power who prevailed-Jones and Booth adding to World Champion Bianca Walkden’s opening day, silver medal at +67kg.
*To watch Olympic champion Jade Jones, World Championship gold medallist, Bianca Walkden, and Britain’s other top stars fighting on home territory for the last time before next year’s Olympics, take in the action at Manchester’s edition of the World Taekwondo Grand Prix from October 16-18. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/wtgp
Martin Stamper (Liverpool)
Round One: beat Jose Rosillo Atencia (ESP) 7-5
Round Two: lost 7-5 to Abolfazi Yaghoubijouybari (IRI) 7-5
Jordan Gayle (Manchester)
Round One: lost 8-3 to Joel Bonilla Gonzalez (ESP).
Jade Jones (Flint)
Round One: Bye
Round Two: beat Carolena Carstens (PAN) 15-3
Quarter Final: beat Caroline Marton (AUS) 13-0
Semi Final: beat Nikita Glasnovic (SWE) 5-3
Final: beat Huang, Yun Wen (TPE) 6-3
Rachelle Booth (Wigan)
Round One: beat Edina Kotsis (HUN) 10-0
Round Two: beat Eva Calvo Gomez (ESP) 4-3
Quarter Final: beat Kim, Sohee (KOR) 8-7
Semi Final: lost 10-5 to Huang, Yun Wen (TPE) 10-5