Although Jones was visibly tearful during her post-match interview as she talked through her performance, she remained gracious in her defeat.
“I’m absolutely gutted. It’s not how I planned the day to go and just really frustrated with myself, I wasn’t the best today so I just have to take it on the chin and congratulate the other girl,” she said.
Jones (blue) and Alizadeh Zenoorin (red) compete in the taekwondo women's -57kg elimination round AFP via Getty Images
She also commented on how Covid restrictions at the this year’s delayed Olympics affected her performance, especially as her family couldn’t be there in person to watch.
“I just felt I put too much pressure on myself going into it and I really did feel it more than I expected,” the 28-year-old said.
“Not having my family there to push me out of that fear zone really did affect me, and I’m gutted I couldn’t do more on the day.
“Normally if I feel the pressure I’ll go out and hear them screaming and see their little faces, and it’ll push me into that attack mode, and that’s what was missing today. I just stayed in the scared mode.”
Heartbreak for Jade Jones at Tokyo 2020 💔
She has still made everyone so proud!
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