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Jade Jones wins Taekwando Gold at the London 2012 Olympic Games
Jade Jones (R) fights against China's Hou Yuzhuo during their women's 57kg gold medal taekwondo match at the London 2012 Olympic Games

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.

 

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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.

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