European Games 2015: Jade Jones wins taekwondo gold

Jade Jones wins gold in taekwondo for Great Britain

Olympic champion Jade Jones secured taekwondo gold for Great Britain at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The 22-year-old from Flint in north Wales beat Croatia's Ana Zaninovic 12-9 in the final of the -57kg event.

"I'm just buzzing, winning gold is a massive confidence boost," Jones told BBC Sport.

It was Britain's third gold medal of the games, following Gordon Benson's triathlon success and Charlie Maddock's -49kg taekwondo victory.

Earlier in the day Jones had beaten Despina Pilavaki of Cyprus 9-1 in the preliminary round and defeated Hungary's Edina Kotsis 5-2 in the quarter-finals, before clinching her place in the final with a 7-6 victory over Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic in the semi-final.

Jones says the win makes up for the disappointment of the World Championships when she was eliminated in the quarter-final following a controversial equipment failure.

"I'm so happy to be back on the top of the podium," she added.

"I now have Youth Olympic, Olympic and European Games titles which is a dream.

"I didn't fight that well and just scraped through a lot of the fights, but winning is a relief and it's more points towards the Rio Olympics which takes a bit of pressure off me."

Jones claimed Britain's first Olympic taekwondo gold medal with victory over Yuzhuo Hou at London 2012.

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Brit watch - 'standard is very high'

Shooter Ed Ling says he is happy with his effort in Baku despite missing out on a medal in the men's trap, losing 13-11 to Italy's Giovanni Pellielo.

"The standard of shooting in Baku has been very high. It shows I'm strong and can come back into contention and that's something I always like to do," he said.

Kat Driscoll qualified fifth for the trampoline final, while acrobatic gymnasts Hannah Baughn and partner Ryan Bartlett have reached Friday's all-around and Sunday's balance and dynamic finals.

Boxer Qais Ashfaq, 22, has said he is "getting sharper" as he saw off Giorgi Gogatishvili 3-0 to book a place in the last 16.

"I'm getting my mind working fast and getting back on it and against an awkward kid like that I just needed to punch and duck and bring his head in," he said.

In table tennis, Paul Drinkhall set up a third-round clash with Slovenia's Bojan Tokic after beating Bulgaria's Adam Pattantyus.

"I've never beaten Tokic before so it's going to be a tough match," he said. "We have had quite a few close battles in the past and but I'm confident I can beat him."

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