Jade Jones admits absence of family affected her as bid for Team GB history ends

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Jade Jones conceded the absence of ‘Team Crazy’ and her failure to adapt to the empty stands of the Makuhari Hall in Tokyo cost her the chance to go down in history as the first British female to win gold medals at three consecutive Olympics.

The 28-year-old was upset 16-12 by the Refugee Team’s Kimia Alizadeh, and was subsequently denied a second chance at a place on the podium when Alizadeh’s semi-final defeat ruled her out of the repechage.

Jones, who emphasised her near-decade long dominance of the women’s -57kg division when she added an elusive world title to her two Olympic crowns in Manchester in 2019, said she was affected by the absence of her family and friends due to pandemic restrictions.

Jones was bidding to become the first woman to win gold at three successive Games for Team GB (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I just felt I put too much pressure on myself going into it and…

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