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Rio Olympics: Jade Jones is tipped to repeat her London taekwondo heroics

By Robert Jones

Jade Jones was just 19-years-old when she swept to an improbable Olympic taekwondo gold at London 2012, and four years on she has never been in a better place to repeat the feat.

That is the opinion of Team GB's taekwondo performance director Gary Hall ahead of the beginning of British involvement in the competition in Rio today, when Jones will start the defence of her title against Naima Bakkal of Morocco.

Hall believes Jones' experiences, both good and bad, since London have left her better equipped to clinch a second Olympic title.

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Hall said: "Jade has changed so much in four years - she has got stronger, more experienced and much more knowledgeable.

"She is in a better place than she was in London. It was so unique to win gold as a teenager and she went through a difficult spell after the Games, but she has now utilised that experience and has consistently proved herself in big competitions."

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