Posted: Thursday August 9, 2012 5:40 PM

Britain claims first gold in Olympic taekwondo

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LONDON (AP) - Britain's Jade Jones has won the country's first taekwondo gold medal.

It came in the women's 57-kilogram division on Thursday.

Cheered by thousands of British fans, Jones defeated China's Hou Yuzhuo 6-4 in a cagey final in which both fighters struggled to score. Jones eventually got past Hou's blocks and landed several body shots.

Earlier in the day, Jones ousted the top seed, Taiwanese fighter Tseng Li-Cheng, in a tense semifinal after a burst of combination kicks in the fight's last minute. Tseng later won a bronze.

Jones was sharp Thursday, delivering multiple head shots and successfully jamming opponents' attempts to score on her.

The 19-year-old Jones previously won gold at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.

The other bronze medal was won by France's Marlene Harnois.

 
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