Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion, Jade Jones, of Team Great Britain, secured a gold in the women’s 57kg category at the European Games.
Jones, now 30, bested Hungary’s Luana Marton 2-0 in the final to clinch the fourth gold for Great Britain in Poland.
Her teammate, Bradly Sinden, bagged a silver in the men’s 63kg category despite having to withdraw from the final due to an injury.
Gold also went to the trio of Bryony Pitman, Penny Healey, and Jaspreet Sagoo, who defeated France 5-1 in the women’s recurve team archery final.
Team Great Britain is competing in 18 Olympic sports at the diverse European Games, with ten offering qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Jones, who suffered a setback in her pursuit of a third consecutive Olympic title in 2021, stated post-victory, “It’s been a challenging journey. Staying at the top is not easy as I age. Many do not realize the rigors of sport, the ups and downs. But winning the gold is astounding. Having some of my family members here is just the cherry on top.”
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Pitman is the first athlete from Team GB to retain a European Games title, following her success with Sarah Bettles and Naomi Folkard at Minsk 2019.
“It’s astounding to win again with a new team,” Pitman expressed. “This reflects the emerging talent in the UK, and it’s an incredible feeling.”
Artistic swimmers Ranjuo Tomblin and Beatrice Crass, with Tomblin being Great Britain’s first senior male artistic swimmer, secured their second medals of the Games with a bronze in the mixed duet free competition.
The pair garnered 163.9688 points, finishing behind Spain and Italy, just two days after their third-place finish in the mixed duet technical bronze.
In the swimming realm, lifelong friends Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe snagged a bronze in the duet free, with a score of 223.5084.
The British duo fell short of the winning total achieved by Austria’s Anna-Maria Alexandri and Eirini Marina Alexandri, while Ukraine clinched silver.
Meanwhile, diver Ross Haslam led the men’s 3m springboard qualifiers but ultimately came fourth in the final, posting an aggregate score of 403.35 points after six dives, with fellow Brit Matthew Dixon finishing sixth (401.05).
In sport climbing, Britain’s Dayan Akhtar held the top spot in the men’s boulder semi-finals, advancing to Sunday’s six-man final.
As of Saturday’s results, Great Britain holds the sixth place in the medal table, boasting four golds and a total of 14 medals.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about European Games 2023
What is the European Games 2023?
The European Games 2023 is a multi-disciplinary sporting event featuring athletes from European nations competing across various Olympic sports.
Who won the women’s 57kg Taekwondo gold at the European Games?
Jade Jones of Great Britain emerged as the winner of the women’s 57kg Taekwondo category, securing the gold medal.
How many gold medals did Great Britain win at the European Games?
Great Britain won a total of four gold medals at the European Games.
Did Jade Jones previously win a gold medal at the European Games?
Yes, Jade Jones had previously won a gold medal at the European Games, and this victory marks her second gold at the event.
How did Team GB perform overall at the European Games?
Team GB had a strong performance across various sports at the European Games, winning a total of 14 medals and securing the sixth place in the overall medal table.
Which other sports did Team GB excel in at the European Games?
Team GB achieved success in archery, artistic swimming, swimming, diving, and sport climbing, among other sports, during the European Games.