Jade Jones, here celebrating victory in London 2012, out to add to her two Olympic title with first world gold. Pic: Gettys Images.

Jade Jones And Lauren Williams In GB Squad For Worlds In Manchester

Jade Jones and Lauren Williams have been given the green light to go for World Championships gold on home soil next month.

The Welsh duo have been named in GB’s squad for the Championships which are being staged in Britain for the first time in Manchester on May 15-19.

Double Olympic champ Jones will be going for the one major gong to have so far eluded her.

The 26-year-old Flint fighter won silver eight years ago and bronze in 2017 in Muju.

Jones will be joined by fellow Welsh ace Williams who has twice won the World Junior title.

The ferocious Gwent fighter is still only 20 but will be one of the favourites in the -67kg weight division.

Williams has already won the President’s Cup title in Antalya this year and last December became only the second GB fighter to capture the World Grand Slam title and £54,000 first prize.

Lauren Williams, only 20, will be one of the favourites in Manchester.

GB fighters will be looking to better their record tally of five medals at the 2017 tournament held in Muju, South Korea.

“The squad is a great combination of experienced, in-form, new and developing athletes, all super excited to be taking part in a historic World Championships in their own back yard,” said Performance Director Gary Hall.

“We believe we have a strong squad to do it justice. If they all hit form it should be a great championship for GB Taekwondo.

“We have a target of three to five medals and we feel we are capable of winning three to five.

“But make no mistake, despite the Olympic Games being the pinnacle of this sport, the World Championships are so difficult to win because it is stacked with depth and quality.

“However, we know how to win and we have proven it in the past. We will be utilising all that experience to get the best results possible.”

Full GB Squad:

Male:

-54kg: Mason Yarrow (Doncaster)

-58kg: Hassan Haider (Falkirk)

-63kg: Josh Calland (Liverpool)

-68kg: Bradly Sinden (Doncaster)

-74kg: Christian McNeish (Plaistow)

-80kg: Damon Sansum (Elgin)

-87kg: Lutalo Muhammad (Walthamstow)

+87kg: Mahama Cho (Stockwell)

Female:

-46kg: Jordyn Smith (Falkirk)

-49kg: Maddison Moore (Blakedown)

-53kg: Aaliyah Powell (Huddersfield)

-57kg: Jade Jones (Flint)

-62kg: No selection

-67kg: Lauren Williams (Blackwood)

-73kg: Rebecca McGowan (Dumbarton)

+73kg: Bianca Walkden (Liverpool)

 

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