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London 2012: Flint gold medalist Jade Jones to take a break from competition

OLYMPIC gold medallist Jade Jones is taking a break from tae kwon-do until next year.

The decision means the former Flint High School student will not fight in the British Championships at the Manchester Velodrome in the second week of September as she takes a well-earned rest following four years of intense training and preparation which ended with her winning the ultimate prize.

“I’m not going to do any more competitions this year,” she said. “Next year I’ve got two competitions before the World Championships in May.

“I’ll always put tae kwon-do first and training first, so I’m just enjoying this. I’ll get back to training and everything will be the same.

“Having 8,000 people watching you in the crowd and then everybody on telly, is it going to get any better than that? I don't think so, but I’ll just have to find some way to still stay focused.

“I’m just going to do a few media things and then, when I’m mentally hungry and mentally ready again, I’m going to go back. There’s no point training if you’re not hungry for it.”

Jones, 19, has already stated publicly that she intends to defend her Olympic title at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.