Jade Jones ’goals of changing into the primary athlete to win three Olympic taekwondo titles had been shattered on Sunday when the Briton emerged within the ultimate spherical 16 in Tokyo, overwhelmed by Kimia Alizadeh of the Olympic refugee group.
Alizadeh Iran was the primary ladies’s Olympic medalist when she gained bronze in 2016 earlier than dropping in 2020 she set free a scream of enjoyment when she defeated Jones 16-12 within the 57kg struggle.
Jones ’supporters from the GB group had been visibly surprised, with triple taekwondo world champion Bianca Walkden bursting into tears and having to be led by one other member of the group.
Alizadeh, who relies in Germany and had defeats from Iran in January 2020, had a earlier type in opposition to Jones, beating her on the 2015 world championships.
Jones mentioned she had few excuses for her underemployment, despite the fact that she admitted she didn’t have her household due to coronavirus restrictions.
“I’m completely blown away – it’s not like I deliberate my day to go and I’m simply annoyed with myself,” Jones mentioned.
“I put an excessive amount of stress on myself to enter this, and I actually felt greater than I anticipated on the day.
“Not having my household right here to push me out of that space of worry actually affected me, and I am simply shocked that I could not have finished extra that day.”
Alizadeh’s hopes of parity or bettering his efficiency at Rio ended with the defeat of Tatiana Minina within the semi-finals and a loss in opposition to Turkish Hatice Ilgun within the bronze medal ultimate.
Jones was succeeded as Olympic champion by American teenager Anastasija Zolotic, who beat Russian athlete Minina 25-17 within the ultimate.
Zolotic, 18, shouted with pleasure because the three-round contest got here to an finish, ripping off his helmet and working into his coach’s arms.
“Sure! Sure! Sure! I’ve gained!” She shouted, and flashed kisses to the room.
He then took an American flag and made a spherical of partying in a just about empty enviornment as a result of coronavirus protocols – however even that didn’t handle to rid him of his smile.
The GB group didn’t come out empty handed, as world champion Bradly Sinden took the silver within the males’s 68kg class, dropping 34-29 in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Ulugbek Rashitov.
The 19-year-old trailed his British opponent with eight seconds left, however a late header secured the gold and a primary Olympic medal for his nation within the sport.
Sinden, 22, failed to listen to his coach’s recommendation from the facet – “Don’t watch the mark” – with 40 seconds remaining and him main 23-19.
As Rashitov fell to the bottom on high of his get together automotive, Sinden wiped away a tear and stared at it for a TV display screen.