Paris 2024 Olympics: Jade Jones goals to attain ‘mission unimaginable’

Great Britain's Jade Jones during a match
Jade Jones gained her second European Video games gold final month, eight years after her first

Jade Jones is hoping to attain “mission unimaginable” and develop into the primary taekwondo athlete to win three Olympic gold medals when she competes in Paris subsequent 12 months.

Jones will look to shrug off the painful reminiscences of Tokyo in 2021.

The 30-year-old hopes to create historical past by emulating her success in London and Rio.

“I consider I might be the individual to do it and I’ll depart every little thing on the market,” stated Jones.

With a 12 months to go till the Video games begin in France, Jones is amongst a lot of athletes have gained two Olympic gold medals in her sport.

“No-one has gained three Olympic gold medals in taekwondo,” stated Jones.

“It has been mission unimaginable up to now, and that is why no-one has managed to do it.

“Now that I am older and after what occurred in Tokyo, it isn’t anticipated of me a lot. Persons are beginning to write me off. Deep down that offers me extra starvation as a result of I really feel like I’ve one thing to show once more.”

After profitable at London 2012 as a young person and defending her crown 4 years later in Brazil, Jones surrendered her title on the last-16 stage in Tokyo in 2021 with a shock loss to Refugee Group competitor Kimia Alizadeh.

It left Jones near tears and threatened to show her swansong on the Olympic stage, as she brazenly admitted to experiencing anxiousness and never having fun with a Video games sanitised by small crowds and lingering lockdown laws.

“There was a lot expectation on me within the build-up to Tokyo as a result of everybody anticipated me to go on the market and get the third gold, and I went to Tokyo feeling that I had every little thing to lose,” added Jones.

“All the things was strain. There was strain on me because the athlete and there was all of the pandemic stuff that meant I did not take pleasure in it.

“I might grown so used to being cheered on in my massive competitions by family and friends, and to haven’t any spectators there simply made it a very unusual expertise.

“The entire thing simply made it really feel prefer it wasn’t taking place for me on the market, and it wasn’t meant to be.”

Jones took an prolonged break from competitors, returning to take bronze on the 2022 World Championships in Guadalajara.

After falling within the quarter-finals of the 2023 World Championships to Taipei’s Lo Chia-ling in Baku in Might, Jones rebounded the next month, underscoring her dedication to the Paris course of by profitable her second European Video games gold medal in Krakow.

It was a well timed triumph for Jones, who should see off her home rival, the three-time world bronze medallist Aaliyah Powell, to safe the solitary -57kg squad on Nice Britain’s Olympic crew, earlier than she will even take into consideration overcoming the burden of her sport’s historical past.

“The starvation is totally again with me,” stated Jones.

“Tokyo did not go properly and I’ve since realised that my thoughts simply wasn’t proper… I did not wish to depart my profession like that – I wished one other shot at making sporting historical past.”