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Parents of Jade Jones speak of her ‘dream come true’

THE parents of tae kwon-do star Jade Jones have spoken of their pride after their daughter made history by winning Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in the sport.

Her father Gary Jones, 40, described it as the best day of his life and mum Jayne Ferguson, also 40, is already thinking about saving for the next games in Rio in 2016.

Jade’s triumph is only just starting to sink in and both her parents are still on cloud nine following her victory.

The Chronicle spoke to Gary as he made his way back to Flint on Friday.

He said he struggled to watch his little girl fight and was full of nerves.

“I am still overwhelmed,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how nervous I was for her. I struggled to watch her at first.

“You couldn’t hear anything in the arena because everyone was chanting ‘Jade, Jade, Jade’. Thousands of people were screaming for her. It was incredible and I’m so, so proud. She has made history!

“The best day of my life was last night. I was jumping when I watched her getting the medal. Seeing her face was priceless. She has made Wales proud.”

Mum Jayne said her daughter’s gold medal win still didn’t feel real.

She said: “It was amazing, unreal, brilliant! There was a lot of tears, jumping and shouting – we all lost our voices. I’m a very proud mum.”

Jayne got to snatch a precious few minutes with Jade following her final bout and said the 19-year-old was ‘made up’ with the result.

“We got to see her briefly the next morning but then she had to go and do media stuff – she’s not had a minute. I just gave her the biggest hug ever”, she said.

“She is amazing. She knows what she wants and she gets it. She will be going to the closing ceremony with her medal round her neck.

“Everyone at home has been saying congratulations. The whole town has been behind her all the way.

“I’m going to start saving for Rio now. I’m so happy for her. This is a dream come true.”