Olympic Heroes: Ladies
TAEKWONDO - Women’s 57kg JADE JONES: Gold
Jones became Great Britain’s first taekwondo gold medalist after beating China’s Yuzhuo Hou 6-4. She is also the reigning Youth Olympic champion in the girls’ 55kg category, winning gold in 2010.
Fact: Jones left school at 16 to take on taekwondo full-time. She has earned the nickname “The Headhunter” because she prefers to aim kicks at her opponents’ head, rather than on the body.
Individual Dressage - CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN: Gold
After setting a new Olympic record of 83.784% in the team dressage event, Dujardin and her horse, Valegro, went on to win the gold medal in the individual dressage event with a score of 90.089%. The win signaled the first gold medal for Great Britain in the sport. Dujardin’s closest competitor was Adelinde Cornelissen of the Netherlands.
Fact: The individual dressage routine was accompanied by music, which included Live and Let Die, Land of Hope and Glory and The Great Escape.
Team Dressage - LAURA BECHTOLSHEIMER, CARL HESTER & CHARLOTTE DUJARDIN: Gold
The trio of Bechtolsheimer, Hester and Dujardin, set a new Olympic record of 83.784% in the team dressage event. Germany won silver and the Netherlands took bronze in the competition, which took place between 2 to 7 August at Greenwich Park.
Fact: Britain’s biggest rival in the team dressage event was Germany, however the rider, Matthias Rath, fell ill before the games and was forced to withdraw from the competition.