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Jade Jones wins Britain's first Youth Olympics gold

2010 Youth Olympic Games
Venue: Singapore International Convention Centre Dates: 12-26 August
Coverage: Highlights on the BBC Red Button, iPlayer and the BBC Sport website

Jade Jones

Jones wins Britain's first Youth gold

Wales' rising taekwondo star Jade Jones won Great Britain's first gold of the inaugural Youth Olympics on day three of the competition in Singapore.

Jones, 17, beat Vietnam's Than Thao Nguyen 9-6 in the 55kg category final by landing a kick to her opponent's head six seconds into the extra period.

The Flintshire teenager is now targeting the London Olympics in 2012.

"I've had the experience here so I know what it's going to be like. I've just got to keep on winning," she said.

"It's amazing, it's an Olympic set-up here so I'm now excited for London 2012," added the teenager, who won three matches to reach the final.

"You've always got a little bit of nerves at the back of your head but I was confident. I knew I could win on my day but anything can happen. It's so close, but it's just amazing.

"It was so close, anybody could've got that point at the end so I just had to go for it and what happened, happened."

Earlier, British number one junior tennis player Oliver Golding reached the last eight of the boys singles.

Golding, who is currently the world junior number 30, beat Italy's Alessandro Collela 6-2 6-1 and will now meet Colombia's Juan Sebastian Gomez in the quarter-finals.

"That was one of the best matches of my life," said Golding afterwards. "I've definitely got a good chance of winning this. I'm feeling 100%."

Golding went an early break down in the first set but then reeled off ten straight games on his way to his straight-sets win.



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