Jade Jones in peak condition to retain taekwondo gold medal at Rio 2016

  • Jade Jones won gold in the -57kg taekwondo at London 2012
  • Jones is in good shape according to performance director Gary Hall
  • He says Jones ‘has got stronger and much more knowledgeable’

David Kent for the Daily Mail

Jade Jones is in peak condition to retain her title from London, according to Team GB’s taekwondo performance director Gary Hall.

Jones will start the defence of her title against Naima Bakkal of Morocco on Thursday in Rio.

And, despite a brief problem with motivation post-London, the 23-year-old has enjoyed a stellar last few years.

Jade Jones is said to be in peak condition to retain her taekwondo title from London

Jade Jones is said to be in peak condition to retain her taekwondo title from London

Jones of Great Britain celebrates winning the -57kg taekwondo gold medal at London 2012

Jones of Great Britain celebrates winning the -57kg taekwondo gold medal at London 2012

She narrowly missing out on the -57kg world title in Chelyabinsk last year after a computer scoring error.

Hall believes Jones’ experiences, both good and bad, have left her better equipped to go all the way to a second Olympic title.

‘Jade has changed so much in four years — she has got stronger and much more knowledgeable about the sport,’ he said.

‘She is in a better place. She went through a difficult spell, but she has utilised that experience.’

GB’s taekwondo performance director Gary Hall is optimistic about Jones' prospects

GB’s taekwondo performance director Gary Hall is optimistic about Jones’ prospects

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