EXCLUSIVE: ‘Completely gutted’ Jade Jones reveals she ‘put an excessive amount of stress on herself’ and struggled with out cheering crowds as she is crushed in Tokyo Olympics Taekwondo struggle
Britain’s fallen queen of Taekwondo Jade Jones has revealed her heartache at being knocked out the Olympics in her first struggle.
The center-broken double gold medal winner instructed how she missed the excitement of the gang to spur her on.
And she or he revealed that her household again house in Flint, north Wales – dubbed ‘staff loopy’ – had tried to console her after her sudden defeat.
She instructed MailOnline: ‘I used to be completely gutted. That’s not how I deliberate the day to go. I’m simply actually pissed off clearly with myself. I wasn’t the perfect at the moment however simply should take it on the chin.
‘It was a troublesome draw. I didn’t know who I used to be going to combating till two hours earlier than, however no excuses. I simply felt I put an excessive amount of stress on myself and I actually l did really feel it.
Crew GB’s Jade Jones suffered a shock after dropping to Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin in taekwondo
The double Olympic winner had hoped to make historical past by changing into the primary British girl to win three golds in a row
‘And never having my household there to push me out of the concern zone actually did have an effect on me. I’m simply gutted I couldn’t do extra.
‘I do love a crowd, I do love my household being there, so for me it was a battle and I did miss them being there.
‘I’ve received the perfect household on this planet and it exhibits much more I misplaced and Facetimed and so they had been all celebrating as if I’d received, and nonetheless so happy with me so I feel I’m actually fortunate to be going again to that.
‘I name them “staff loopy”, those who’ve been to each Olympics, in order that they had been all watching in my aunties’ backyard on an enormous display, my buddies had been there and household that they had an enormous tent up [in Flint]. To know they’re so happy with me means so much.
‘It was the midnight, they had been up watching. Feeling the stress right here. Usually I’ll really feel the stress, I’ll exit and listen to them screaming and see their little faces, and it pushes me into assault mode, and that’s all that was lacking at the moment, I didn’t change into assault mode, I stored in scared mode.’
The previous champion added she could be cheering on her GB team-mates – Bradly Sinden and Bianca Walkden – of their forth-coming fights.
She stated: ‘Bianca’s superb and seeing her up within the crowd crying I feel she was as harm as me.
Jones had been on the hunt for a 3rd consecutive title however as a substitute crashed out early in Tokyo
‘Bradly jokes he is sort of a robotic, no feelings, goes out and does the job. I’m so happy he’s received a medal.’
It comes after the often ferocious fighter – who received gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – was knocked out by Iranian refugee Alizadeh Zenoorin in a significant sporting upset and a bitter blow for TeamGB’s medal hopes.
Jones, 28, – nicked-named the ‘head hunter’ for her forensic head kicks – can now solely hope for bronze however should first qualify by profitable the wild-card ‘repechage’ bout to get into the for the runner’s up ultimate.
The double Olympic winner had hoped to make historical past by changing into the primary British girl to win three golds in a row.
And she or he claimed something aside from out-right victory within the 57kg class would represent failure.
Talking earlier than the Video games she stated: ‘GB feminine athletes haven’t accomplished three in a row, and it hasn’t been accomplished in taekwondo, so if it’s a gold it’s this huge historical past.
‘I do know it’s a troublesome job, and the actual fact I’ve given a lot preparation means I do know I can stroll away proud, however to me anything lower than a gold is a fail.’
Iranian Alizadeh Zenoorin had led heading into the ultimate spherical and clinched an excellent victory
Jones’ opponent Alizadeh Zenoorin joined the Refugee Olympic Crew after defecting from Iran final 12 months.
She was the primary Iranian girl to win an Olympic medal she received bronze at Rio 2016.
However she fled the hard-line Islamic regime citing her hatred of the necessary sporting of the hijab head-scarf, sexism and getting used for propaganda.
Germany granted her asylum earlier this 12 months.