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London 2012 Olympics: Flint's Jade Jones through to the semi final

A CONFIDENT display from Jade Jones booked her an Olympic tae kwon-do semi final berth at the ExCeL Centre in London.

The 19-year-old from Flint earlier today demolished Dragan Gladovic in the preliminaries and returned this afternoon to face Japanese fighter Mayu Hamada.

And whereas she tried to score early in her opening bout, the teenager played a more patient game in the quarter finals.

She spent most of the match counter-attacking, encouraging Hamada to come forward and picking her off with body shots.

But in the second round Jade once more found enough space to land her favoured kick to the head - worth three points - and by the end of the round Hamada was clinging on.

To her credit she did prevent the bout being stopped by the referee by keeping the gap to less than 12 points but there was no question that Jade owned this fight as she goes forward to face Li-Cheng Tseng of Chinese Taipei in the semi final at 5pm.